Gabor Maté on Protecting Children from Social Media and Other Addictive Devices

Protecting children from social media and other addictive devices are things many parents struggle with. 

If you are a parent, you probably know how challenging it can be to monitor your child’s online activity and make sure they don’t overdose on technology and social media. 

It is work. 

Protecting children from social media and all these other addictive devices takes a lot of time, energy, and awareness. And unfortunately, because of the many demands and the heavy weights a lot of parents already carry on their shoulders as a result of their busy, parents can’t always be there for their children to give them the love and affection they truly need. 

That’s when technology steps in.

Gabor Maté: Protecting Children from Social Media and Other Addictive Devices

And the love, presence, and affection children desperately need from their parents – to develop harmoniously and become fully functioning human beings – is replaced by an attachment relationship with technology, which of course, is toxic and addictive.

Protecting Children from Social Media and Other Addictive Devices

As you will learn from the great Dr. Gabor Maté, “The screen affects the developing brain. The more time the kids spend watching screens the more it depletes their dopamine receptors. And dopamine receptors are the ones that get implicated in addiction later on…”

Gabor Mate: Protecting Children from Social Media and Other Addictive Devices

That’s why is so important to give access to digital media and other devices to children “when they are old enough to handle it.

When are they old enough to handle it?

When they no longer rely on it to meet their emotional needs but they use it for the function for which was developed.. which is information and communication… The digital media can be introduced to the child’s life when the parents can stay in control of it…” says the same Dr. Gabor Maté.

Gabor Maté on Protecting Children from Social Media and Other Addictive Devices

What about you? What are your thoughts on this topic? Should parents protect their children from social media and other devices? Share your comments below.

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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita, the Founder of PurposeFairy, is an enthusiastic student of the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Her acclaimed blog post, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy , was shared by over 1.3 million people on Facebook. Later on, it became the heart of her book, 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy., book that was published by Penguin Random House. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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