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Screen time for children

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How much time is unharmful for children? Which age is less harmful for a child to play on a smartphone? Which age is the most damaging to use a smartphone? Is a computer screen better than a smartphone screen? Do smartphones create less intelligent people? These questions are the ones that Spirit wants to address.

How much time is unharmful for children?

This question assumes harm. Smart device screens are harmful on many levels–socially, developmentally, and emotionally. The answer to the question is zero (0). More than zero, the harm begins, because the draw of the screen is too strong.

Which age is less harmful for a child to play on a smartphone?

The general answer is that until the age of 17, smart devices are too damaging.

Which age is the most damaging to use a smartphone?

Infants do not belong with smartphones and they should not hold them. Toddlers lose their sense of curiosity about the world if they play too much on a smart device. Young children are damaged by screen time when it is the “toy” given to keep them occupied. Young teens are the most susceptible to the social damage caused by unchecked usage of a smartphone.

Is a computer screen better than a smartphone screen?

Too much time on either of these screens is harmful. Smartphone screens are more harmful to posture, although sitting at a computer without taking regular breaks is also harmful to posture. The safety aspects of a smartphone provide security which a computer screen cannot provide.

Do smartphones create less intelligent people?

The answer to this question depends on the age and frequency of usage. The younger the child is when he or she craves the smartphone, the more chance for creative thought to diminish. The intelligence isn’t affected, but the ability to tap into deeper thinking can be impaired. Also, internal dialogue becomes less frequent.

How can parents proceed when smartphones are so pervasive?

  • Resist the temptation to give a smartphone to a child to keep him or her quiet! Keep interesting things with you at all times so you don’t turn to the smartphone.
  • Limit the time you are on your smartphone around your children. The smartphone will have less appeal for the children if you use it infrequently.
  • If you give your child a mobile phone for safety reasons, choose a mobile phone that is just a phone–no games and no internet access.
  • Do not allow smartphones at mealtimes.
  • Collect all smartphones and other smart devices before bedtime and do not allow them to be in the bedrooms. Do not use them in place of alarm clocks.

Here are posts to read about children and screens: Kids and LCD (screen) addiction, Relief from LCD addiction, and Screen! My beloved screen!

Note: Spirit has pushed me to provide this information.

Reaction #3 to “The health effects of the latest technologies”

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The future holds so much promise, yet our advances—the ones that make our lives more easy and predictable—are the ones that will upend the advances’ promises of better.

The advances of “smart” technologies will create entrenched changes in people that will defy treatment. Besides the effects from the smart technologies, the lessening of joyous movement by children and the withdrawal from nature will cement the entrenched changes further.

Offering young children smartphones as playthings is the beginning of the entrenched changes. The children will be affected in the eyes, in the cardiovascular circulation, in the olfactory abilities, and in the processing of emotional thoughts. The addictive draw of the screen’s amazingness pulls from the children their natural rush to move, which will affect their spinal and muscular development. The wondrousness of the screens’ offerings will lessen the wondrousness of the natural world and the children will lose their connection to the Earth’s glory, which will affect their senses of taste, touch, and intuition.

Adults who wear the smart gadgets will have less ingrained changes than the children, but if they also reduce their movement and distance from nature, then their bodies will respond unhappily. The changes depend on age, length of exposure, and time spent with other people.

Distancing from nature and lessening of movement, when accompanied by the side effects of the latest generation of medications, will exacerbate the side effects. People who take these medications require continuous connection to nature and joyous movement to lessen the side effects.

Here ends input from God about the impact of smart gadgets and medication side effects combined with sedentary lifestyle and little exposure to nature. This response relates to the blog posts The health effects of the latest technologies,  Reaction #1, and Reaction #2.

I am sad to be the bearer of this information, but I do hope that people will heed these messages of warning.

Reaction #1 to “The health effects of the latest technologies”

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IN yesterday’s blog post, we were informed that the latest technologies are causing new types of illnesses. That knowledge is distressing, to say the least.

I pushed for advice about dealing with the onslaught of external changes (like smartphones, smart watches, activity trackers, wearable computer glasses, and to-be-announced-soon footwear, that uses computer tracking).

In today’s blog post, we will receive advice from God about protecting ourselves from the latest invasive technologies. I know these new devices seem helpful and are appealing, but we’re being warned about their future bad effects, and we really need to pay attention–me too!

  1. Wearing computer devices is harmful. They disrupt the body’s functioning. The longer they are next to your bodies, the more harm they cause. Keep them at a distance. [This advice also applies to smartphone that are kept in pockets or in arm bands and other containers very close to the body.]
  2. Tracking steps is confused desireability. Knowing exactly how far you’ve walked or how many steps you’ve actually taken seems desireable, but the devices that provide this information will cause illnesses and changes in body functioning. Don’t use these devices.
  3. Placement of the devices is very important. The farther away from the body, the better. Keep smartphones in a container [backpack, thick waist pack, purse, or messenger bag]. When holding a smartphone, hold it for short periods of time. For children, no more than twelve minutes and no more than three times a day (no more than 36 minutes); for ages 20 and up, no more than fifteen minutes and no more than four times a day (no more than sixty minutes). For extended viewing of the screen, place the smartphone in a holder and don’t hold the holder.

A reminder from yesterday’s blog post: the younger the age of exposure to these devices, the more havoc created for the body. If you have young children, resist the pull to use these devices to pacify your children.


Wearing invasive items

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Technology has enabled us to continuously harm ourselves by creating wearable invasive gadgets. Smartphones that are constantly in our hands and next to our ears, in our pockets near sensitive organs, and even in bras and undergarments. Smart watches that are constantly attached, near our bones and our pulse points. Smart glasses that sit near our brains! And more wearable invasive items are in development.

These gadgets are seemingly helpful to us. In reality, they harm us in ways that are yet unknown. The harm depends on how long the invasive items are next to us and on our ability to battle the effects.

The strategy for minimizing the damage is to keep the “smart” items as far away from our bodies as possible. The easiest way is to not buy the wearable items. As for smartphones, keeping them in away-from-the-body containers is best. Pockets are too close, much too close. As is holding them all the time.

Using technology is fine when we use it wisely. Using technology wisely is the challenge.

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