The use of smartphones and tablets for young children has a harmful effect on the language development of the child. Indeed, the child does not communicate with his environment. They don’t practice, make mistakes, get corrected and therefore don’t improve their vocabulary. According to several speech therapists, a 3 year old child should be able to make himself understood perfectly. Cases of dyslexia or dyscalculia may occur.
Lack of concentration
When watching a video on a smartphone or on television, too many notions pass by. The child gets lost and retains almost none of them. These devices do not follow the rhythm of the child who is attracted by several things at the same time. They do not develop their ability to concentrate. At the end of kindergarten, he is much less concentrated in front of his teacher.
Passivity of the child
An active child is more likely to be fulfilled than a passive child. In front of the smartphone, tablet or television, the toddler does not move and does not develop much of his sensory sensitivities. A child must touch, move, jump, and recognize danger to avoid it. The Montessori pedagogy encourages children to discover for themselves by doing everyday activities at their own pace.
When a child picks up a smartphone, he isolates himself from the real world. He locks himself in the imaginary world of digital and forgets that he has an entourage, a family, friends … The management of social relationships is learned from an early age by communicating with other people young or old, managing conflict situations (eg: “he took my toy”).
It has been scientifically proven that blue light emitted by screens (smartphones, tablets, computers, television) is harmful to the eyes of young children up to the age of 5. Problems of myopia and astigmatism can be caused.