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"Giving Your Toddler A Smartphone Is Like Giving Them Hard Drugs" - Says Expert .

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    When most people hear the word addiction, they
think narcotics, sex, gambling and outright vices.
However, an addiction is basically compulsive
engagement in an activity for rewarding stimuli
despite the adverse consequences.
All addictions work the same way. Cocaine works
by flooding your brain's pleasure centers with
dopamine, a happy hormone and stimulating a
sense of false euphoria. When you pick up your
phone to watch IG videos 100 times a day, you're
stimulating the same reaction.
Smartphones aren't outrightly harmful like narcotics
(although they emit radioactive energy that may be
harmful in the long run), but for toddlers, they are
easily destructive.
Most parents are in the habit of giving their little
children smart phones to keep them busy or
occupied. You're training that child in such a way
that when you take away the phone, they spiral into
withdrawal and begin to lash out.
According to top addiction expert and researcher
Mandy Salagri, giving your child a smartphone is
like "giving the a gram of coke."
I'm a digital person and I love tech gadgets. I'm not
against children using tech devices but you see
smartphones can be really destructive parenting.
I know this because, I'm guilty of it.
When my son was about a year and six months old,
I started giving him my phone to keep him
distracted when I was busy. He was always
crawling all over me, seeking attention and it really
slowed me down. He became so addicted to phones
that by the time he was two, uncle will not eat or
poop or do anything without a smartphone.
He'd download all the games in the world and play
all day long. I guess he was watching me the few
times I used the phone to go to playstore Games
section to download ABCD games for him (and he
never liked those ones). Sometimes I'll be hearing
gunshots coming the phone. Na the kind violent
game he dey play. I remember the day my father-
in-law came over unannounced to see his
grandson. He saw this boy sitting on his pottie,
pooping while totally engrossed in his father's
phone. Grandpa had to scream his name several
times before he looked up.
You need to see the scolding my husband and I
received that day for being irresponsible parents
Another incident was when we went to my friend's
child dedication. I brought rice and tried to feed my
son but he refused to eat because he was too
engrossed in the game he was playing. I took the
phone from him and this Uncle launched into a
terrible tantrum and seriously embarrassed me
there. I had to kuku give it back to him.
Sometimes, he'll go to school and bring back his
lunch untouched because there was no phone to
press while eating.
When he turned 3, we decided enough was enough.
We stopped giving him phones entirely and he only
got to use his kiddies tablet a couple of hours a day.
The first time I removed a phone from his hand, he
cried for hours and refused to eat. I hardened my
heart and ignored him. He later came by himself
and asked for the food.
He gradually began to get the idea and even his dad
stopped giving him phones. He began to read all the
children's books we'd been buying for him and he
watched cartoons more. After about six months,
uncle forgot all about phones and turned over a new
He's four now and is growing into a responsible kid.
He loves story books and can read a book 50
times, memorizing all the words before moving on
to another.
I turned my son into a brat because I was raising
him with the smartphone distraction strategy. It's
more destructive than it may seem. The way little
children use phones these days eh, e dey fear me.
My friend caught her 7-year-old girl watching p*rn
the other day. We no even fit talk sef.
Smartphones won't help your toddlers. Buy them
books and kids educational tablets instead. Yes,
kids in the modern world are inventing stuff and
being innovative because of early exposure to
technology, but there are now modern devices that
make these things suitable for kids. Even the most
renowned tech gurus in the world will restrict their
children's internet access and phone usage. A
smartphone is not what will make your child
become an innovative tech genius. Buy them used,
old computers and let them learn how to dismantle
and re-assemble. Show them videos of tech guys
building stuff on YouTube. Don't give them phones
to go and start learning how to snap the perfect
snap chat selfies at age 5.

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