Children throwing tantrums should be given time to calm down on their own rather than distracted with tablets or smartphones.
“We know that parents of babies and toddlers with difficult behavior disproportionately use television and videos as calming tools. We wanted to explore whether the same might be true for mobile technology like phones and tablets,” said Dr. Jenny Radesky, study’s lead author.
It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.
But child psychologists say it may be stunting youngsters’ emotional development, because they do not learn how to control their emotions.
Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behaviours of children is still relatively unknown.
Though these devices may help kids learn a lot of things, these should not be used to pacify them.
Too much use of these devices at a very young age may interfere in important skills that kids should possess. Instead of developing empathy, problem solving skills and coping mechanisms, which are usually acquired through interactions with others, their heads are glued to computers, smartphones or iPads.
Typically, by 36 months, kids should be able to carry a conversation using a few sentences, play with friends, respond to the feelings of others, become comfortable with other people and might get upset with changes in routines. This is why tantrum bursts are common during this age.