A study points to an increase in the use of cell phones, tablets and televisions during social isolation; pediatrician warns of eye damage and brain function, in addition to cases of anxiety
A developmental risk during the very first call childhood. “The passive activity with the screen ends up not allowing it, it ends up stealing this interaction, stealing the possibility of this interaction happening”, explains Mariana Luz, CEO of Fundação Maria Cecília Vidigal. The speech reflects the significant increase in the use of cell phones, tablets and televisions by children and teenagers. A Kantar study shows that isolation due to pandemic do coronavirus led to this challenging scenario, especially for caregivers and parents of babies aged 0-3 years. To avoid stress, she advises using creativity. “The possibility of doing other things as simple alternatives, even at home, which is telling a story, singing, including the child in the routine of the house. Shall we clean the house? Let’s sweep together. Shall we wash the dishes? Let’s do it together safely,” he says.
The survey also shows that 27% of children had regression in this pandemic year. That is, they started to behave like they were younger. Among other diagnosed problems, they cry a lot, get wet again without asking to go to the bathroom and talk less. Albert Einstein Hospital pediatrician Carolina Camargo Vince lists some damages physical e emotional. “The child is just looking at a screen, there are studies showing that I may have eye damage, earlier myopia occurs to a greater degree and there is damage in relation to brain functioning. So, in the pandemic, we had an increase in the occurrence of precocious puberty, girls and boys started to have precocious pubertal development. We realize that this brings a pattern of anxiety very big, more anxious children due to the use of screens”, he explains.
What is striking is that high exposure to screens is present in all social classes, so much so that it figured at 15% for children aged 0 to 3 years, and jumped to 59% during the months of isolation. Another index that generates an alert is that 51% of children are doing activities alone. In a comparison by social groups, children in class D are the ones who spend more time without company, playing or watching TV, reaching 64%, while in other classes it varies from 47% to 51%. The research included the participation of families from classes A, B, C and D.
*With information from reporter Daniel Lian