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Motherhood: At what Age Should I Introduce My Child A SmartPhone? 4

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Motherhood: At what Age Should I Introduce My Child A SmartPhone? 4

Hello, Great Mothers!

There is no doubt that phones are necessary. We need phones, either regular or smartphones, to stay connected with our loved ones. Unlike regular phones which are mostly used to make calls, send texts, take photos, and access the internet, smartphones come with lots of features; internet, access, email, instant messaging, gaming, video chatting & taking, music storage, and access to various social media platforms. Some smartphones have advanced features for businesses and the like.
Parents often have challenges deciding when to introduce their kids to smartphones. Giving them a regular phone for communication and to monitor their movement would not be a problem, but most kids, especially teenagers, would not want a regular phone but a smartphone. This may be because their friends have one, or because of its features, especially, the ability to connect with the world on social media.

While we may not be able to stop our teens from using smartphones, we must give them rules regarding the use of these phones. This is because of the impacts its excessive use can have on them. Some of these have been discussed in my previous article, others are

Strong reliance on social media for validation and self-worth:

This can lead to a drop in self-esteem. Seeking external validation through likes, comments, or followers can lead to the constant need for others’ approval to feel valued. It can also result in a distorted self-image. The pressure to present themselves in an idealized self-image like the edited ones they see online can disconnect them from their real self.

Cyberbullying and Online Harassment,

Seeking self-validation online also exposes our children to cyberbullying and online harassment. Receiving negative responses online can impact their self-esteem and mental health.

God notices your dedication to caring for your home; He will bless you accordingly. So, be joyful, for a happy mother nurtures a happy home.


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