Parents, take note. If you’re the type who has the tendency to hand over a tablet or smartphone everytime your child is bored or throws a tantrum, you might want to listen to what the experts have to say about it.
According to a new research, prolonged use of mobile devices can actually lead to Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD) which brings “a myriad of symptoms, including insomnia, backache, weight gain or loss, eyesight problems, headaches, and poor nutrition as physical symptoms,” reported SmartParenting.
In addition to the physical, SDD also has emotional symptoms such as anxiety, dishonesty, feelings of guilt, and loneliness.
Screen Dependency Disorder is considered a new challenge for child neurology.
Dr. Aric Sigman, psychologist and author of the research paper, said that the condition is very similar with Internet Addiction Disorder.
According to Sigman’s research, screen addicts “exhibit dependent, problematic behavior, including withdrawal symptoms, increasing tolerance (for screen use), failure to reduce or stop screen activities, lying about the extent of use, loss of outside interests, and continuation of screen use despite adverse consequences,” the website continued.
Although further research about the disorder is currently ongoing, past studies point out that those who suffer from SDD have “microstructural and volumetric differences in, or abnormalities of, both grey and white matter” in their brains, said Dr. Sigman.
Simply said, SDD can possibly lead to brain damage.
One sure indication is when gadget usage is already affecting the child’s behavior.
As Claudette Avelino-Tandoc, a Family Life and Child Development specialist and Early Childhood Education consultant, pointed out:
“(Parents should) be alarmed when regular family routine or tasks cannot be performed by the child anymore because he or she cannot be ‘taken out’ from screen time.
“The parents or caregivers should supply the doctor with their child’s behavior as they have observed at home. He may also have his own set of tests and questions for both the parents and the child.”
Avelino-Tandoc, however, quickly pointed out:
“Devices or gadgets are not bad per se. They are useful and essential tools for communication, research, learning, entertainment, among other things. Parents are dealing with 21st-century learners, what we call ‘digital natives.’ They should allow their kids to manipulate these tools. However, balance is the key word.”
How much screen time is enough for children?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), kids ages 2 to 5 should have a maximum of 1 hour screen time per day. Babies below 18 months should not be permitted to use any mobile devices at all.
Niagara Falls Becomes Frozen During Winter, and It Looks Like Narnia
Here is your modern fantasy land, folks!
The Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and it is a crime not to pay it a visit it. Apparently, during winter, this beaut becomes a truly breathtaking site. And it actually looks like something from the fantasy movie called The Chronicles of Narnia.
There is also a cool thing about this phenomenon. First and foremost, the falls do not really freeze completely. And although ice jams may or may not temporarily still the waters, ice only forms at the very base of the falls. Subsequently, this forms what is now called "ice bridge." The water, in particular, keeps flowing underneath the two main cataracts, namely the smaller American Falls and the bigger Horseshoe Falls. Both simply make up the frozen facade.
Still, if you are a travel enthusiast and want to experience something majestic, the frozen Niagara Falls is your best bet. Many of its areas have been turned into ice, all of which are dangling precariously on the rocks. It is really like a Narnia-ish land, one that you can only imagine from reading books or watching movies....
Stonefish: The World’s Most Venomous Fish, Also Quite A Delicacy
The world’s most dangerous fish might also be the most delicious you’ll ever taste.
The Philippines is popular for its marine biology and it is a well-known fact that its surrounding oceans inhabited by thousands and thousands more of aquatic species than elsewhere in the world. For this, the archipelago has become a top tourist destination for beach lovers, most especially to divers who wish to witness an amazing aquatic environment. Lurking beneath the majestic, blue waters of Philippines, though, is the most venomous fish and one of the deadliest species in the world. This simply proves that the biggest creature underwater is not necessarily the largest threat.
The stonefish is known as the master of camouflage. It blends perfectly with its surroundings and this is all because of its brown or grey skin with red or yellow patches, making it look like it’s a part of the coral reef. It can also look like an ordinary stone, so you have to wear your wet shoes to be protected from these deceiving creatures.
If sharks and sting rays scare you, you might want to be more careful around this smaller fish.
Belize Suspends Oil Activity In Its Ocean Waters In An Effort To Preserve Marine Life
The reef will now be safe, thanks to the support from thousands of people.
The Belize Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,400 species of marine life and serves as the country's main tourist attraction. In an effort to preserve the reef, Belize has just taken a big step to protect the ocean waters from the effects of oil extraction and exploration by banning oil activities.
The reef was under threat from oil operations just last year but the government has heard the calls and protests of people who are concerned about the environment. Over 450,000 people joined together to put an end to oil operations and other harmful activities in the Barrier Reef.