Fatih Yılmaz: "On screen addiction"

Fatih Yılmaz: "On screen addiction"
Date: 28.8.2020 17:15

Milli Gazete columnist Fatih Yılmaz writes on screen addiction. Here is the full article.

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In the period we live in, perhaps one of the biggest problems of families is screen addiction in children. Even parents who do not buy television at home to prevent their children from being screen addicts face serious difficulties in dealing with this problem. The main enemy, on the other hand, is the smart screens that surround us at a distance of one hand. Smart but problematic screens. Unfortunately, we are in such a time that it is not possible to get rid of the problem of screen addiction by not buying a television at home or by putting some prohibitions. There is no other way than to struggle to solve this problem, agitated by despair and difficulties.
First of all, it is necessary to know very well that a life away from screens is not possible in the period we live. All sectors have now taken their place in the online world. The comfort and convenience provided by smart screens allow this situation to progress at an extraordinary pace. You pay all your bills from where you sit, look at your child's notes, see your health reports, review your family tree, and get whatever comes to your mind, such as clothes, fruits, vegetables and food. So habits are changing now. Just like with children. Now they play games in the virtual world, communicate through virtual channels, talk about virtual things.
Since screens are easy to use by all sectors, we all inevitably have to live connected to screens. For example, the person who takes his / her smartphone to do a job is looking at WhatsApp messages, browsing Instagram, watching some videos on YouTube, and you will see that an hour has passed. So as long as smartphones are in hand, it is harder not to be dependent than to ditch a camel. What should children do when this is the case with adults? They are presented with games and programs with such colorful and addictive elements that it is almost impossible to resist. Of course, this should not mean "there is nothing to do anymore".
Prohibitions are not a solution to prevent screen addiction, on the contrary, it increases the interest of our children. In order to prevent addiction, rules must be set, followed, and continue patiently without compromising in practice. Children now communicate especially through games. When they get together, he doesn't talk about cowboy movies or the valley of the wolves series. Because they are in the digital world, we cannot solve the problems by ignoring the realities of the world they are in. For example, every child should know that they will not have a personal phone, tablet or computer until high school. Until the end of high school, he should use the most touched phones personally, but he should be able to have a smart phone after high school. As a rule, we should explain this at younger ages and persuade our children by showing our determination. In other words, there is no logical explanation for taking tablets to children of primary school age and then whining.
It is necessary to add two more important details in terms of solution. First of all, an atmosphere of peace based on love, respect and affection should be created at home. If our children are exposed to violence in their homes, exposed to family communication problems, and grown up indifferent, everything outside will be good for them. Uneasy family environments underlie bad friendships and many other bad habits. First, we must create a peaceful family atmosphere and take care of our children by looking into their eyes.
Another important issue is that parents are an example. Parents should check their own screen addiction first. How can parents who do not drop their smartphones prevent their children! The important thing is to show how it should be with behavior after giving the necessary conversations to solve a problem. Behavior language is important because children acquire good behavior largely depends on what their parents do, not their speech.


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