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Parents turn blind eye to risk of gadget addiction

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:12 am

For 26-year-old mother Muthia, raising two toddlers at home has not been easy. She has to do all the daily household chores alone while keeping an eye on her two daughters, aged 2 and 5. Muthia is often faced with a dilemma: She has to do all the chores, but her toddlers want to play. When this happens, Muthia lets her children watch cartoons and toy-unboxing videos on YouTube from her smartphone. Muthia acknowledged that having too much screen time might negatively affect children in the long run. "But I cannot deny that smartphones can be very reliable to calm my kids down."Muthia began to notice the impacts of screen time on her first daughter. The little girl started forgetting some Quran verses she had memorized when she was three. Now she loves to mimic the gestures of her favorite YouTubers, most of whom are adults."The worst thing is that she tends to ignore my words while focusi...