Dr Jon Goldin, the vice chairman of the Royal College of Psychologists has issued a warning to all parents saying they should be given advise not to give their kids mobile phones before they get into secondary school. He said parents are being coerced into buying the devices for their young children do not get left out at school.
Dr. Goldin further added that government guidance would be very helpful to parents so they can stand their ground when it came to deciding the best time to get their children mobile phones and restricting the time spent on social media, recommending that for children under 11 years old should get no more than 2 hours a day.
“Children often say to their parents: ‘All my friends are [getting phones] and you are not allowing me to do that.’ In that situation, parents do need the support of national guidance. I don’t think we can legislate [to restrict it to under 11s] but this guidance would back parents up when they were having conversations with their 10-year-olds.” He told the Daily Telegraph.
The doctor went on to call on social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to make it more difficult for children to lie about their age and create accounts before they turn 13 explaining that social media makes kids anxious and depressed, and exposes them to cyber-bullying.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is working on the publication of a report to determine the damage caused by kids spending too much time online. It is believed almost 4 in 10 children aged between 8 and 11 have a smartphone.
A poll for the Priory further revealed that more than 40 per cent of parents believe that kids under 16 should be banned from owning smartphones.
The survey also revealed that 67% of parents wanted the government to decide the age at which a child can be given a smartphone.
Further on the survey revealed that out of 1000 parents, 92% of them thought the internet was negatively affecting their children siting that they thought their kids’ smartphone addiction was affecting the quality of their sleep and negatively affecting their self esteem.