- 23 Aug 2018
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I came across this horrifying article on Times of India where a children are plotting to murder parent on denying access to smartphones. This is not the first time I've have read about such incidents. Seeing kids try to elope, marry off or kill themselves for a smartphone. Some do due to unable to afford one for studies. Others are straight up addicts of short videos and online games.
Pandemic here is used as an excuse saying that smartphone usages among children have increased because of this which I think is nonsense. During pandemic there was proper usage. Because most of the time it was used for good cause like education. Even before pandemic children were glued to screens. Pandemic just legitimate their usage.
You might be wondering why I want government to regulate instead of parents. That's because I know Indian parenting are some of the worst parents when it comes to parenting in the world. Just shed a tear or two. You will get pretty much all you want. As good as how parent would give you stuff. They will also take it away instantly from you without any empathy about your addiction. Hence the murderous thoughts. Than there is neglect among lower sections of the society who would rather let kids play on their phones over signing up for some extra classes or buy them sporting equipment as they can't afford them. Even working class parents fills their void of absence with smartphones. This is still normal stuff. Let's not forget that parents themselves are addicts. From clicking selfies every moment of the day to waking up to a smartphone with goodmorning messages. So parents are the least helpful to stop children from becoming addicts.
What government can do? Get strict this time. Just like China regulate apps and gaming companies. Set time frame on gaming apps. Remember you got to take harsh steps to get rid of any form of addiction. If there is war on drugs. There should be a stop on smartphones. Remember that smartphone addiction is somewhat comparable to drug addiction. But unlike drug addiction there is no rehab center or support system for screen addiction. You will feel discouraging as you will see every other person using something you are supposed to stay away from. It's regulation that can stop us from losing a generation to screens.
Sorry for this long rant or essay. Please share ideas what can be done to reduce screentime among our children.