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ADDICTS: Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy

 
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Children as young as four are becoming so addicted to smartphones and iPads that they require psychological treatment.

Experts have warned that parents who allow babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day are in danger of causing “dangerous” long term effects.

The youngest known patient being treated in the UK is a four-year-old girl from the South East.

Her parents enrolled her for compulsive behaviour therapy after she became increasingly “distressed and inconsolable” when the iPad was taken away from her.

Her use of the device had escalated over the course of a year and she had become addicted to using it up for to four hours a day.

Dr Richard Graham, who launched the UK’s first technology addiction programme three years ago, said he believed there were many more addicts of her age.
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“The child's mother called me and described her symptoms,” he said.

"She told me she had developed an obsession with the device and would ask for it constantly. She was using it three to four hours every day and showed increased agitation if it was removed."

Dr Graham said that young technology addicts experienced the same withdrawal symptoms as alcoholics or heroin addicts, when the devices were taken away.

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Thanks OP/
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Re: ADDICTS: Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy
Whoa, thanks for the pin. Someone's on it this morning.

I think I need a digital detox myself. I get very crabby if taken away from my devices for too long.
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
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Imagine what happens if the worlds internets went down...

I can definitely see this happening. My friends have a really smart daughter and before she was even 2 years old she was picking movies and starting them and everything on an ipad.
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good post Op, this is mad important!


I always see kids/toddlers playing with iDevices and it's so fking irresponsible on the parents part!! Just for the wi-fi and RF radiation they emit!

This article is a serious issue for today's youth, but I expect it will go unaddressed like most other important issues in the world today
This is all a joke!!
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Toddlers throw fits and temper tantrums when you take away their favourite toy no matter what it is.
I can't believe they're putting a 4 year old into therapy for being 4.
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Toddlers throw fits and temper tantrums when you take away their favourite toy no matter what it is.
I can't believe they're putting a 4 year old into therapy for being 4.
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Yes. You're totally right.
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good post Op, this is mad important!

I always see kids/toddlers playing with iDevices and it's so fking irresponsible on the parents part!! Just for the wi-fi and RF radiation they emit!
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Do all tablets and iPads have WiFi?
The poor Thai people, they haven't a clue about most things modern... cell phones in constant use from the age of 8+
France and UK have banned WiFi in schools. Would like to read the google glasses disclaimer... and the cheap Chinese copies when they arrive
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Do all tablets and iPads have WiFi?
The poor Thai people, they haven't a clue about most things modern... cell phones in constant use from the age of 8+
France and UK have banned WiFi in schools. Would like to read the google glasses disclaimer... and the cheap Chinese copies when they arrive
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If it can connect to the internet then it is emitting wi-fi

If possible don't keep your phone in your pocket all day, try to hold it an inch or a lil' more away from your ear when using it

Not convenient, but I just wanna live long and be healthy
This is all a joke!!
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I spent atleat 12 hrs a day on the nintendo... but god forbid anything that makes kids smart too fast.
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IMO Ipads and smartphones are going to be the technology of the future. They will be tools of knowledge. SO why not let th e children bask in them?
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Re: ADDICTS: Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy
2 toddlers in the family
hear this constantly
"MY Ipad!"
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They need a therapy app.
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IMO Ipads and smartphones are going to be the technology of the future. They will be tools of knowledge. SO why not let th e children bask in them?
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Need to ensure the Wifi/EMF isn't frying their DNA at the same time. Be nice to know if one can disable receptors/
I agree that tablets will boost learning skills massively
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Might not be such a bad thing. The world is changing .. changing faster every day. It's stops for no man women or child.

But yeah ... 4 year old allowed to interface with the net?

Maybe the Parents need "therapy" or counsel. ;}
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They need a therapy app.
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:thumbsup:

Lol
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2 toddlers in the family
hear this constantly
"MY Ipad!"
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26165384


we've been billed for apps they've purchased, unknown to us.
Fortunately they've been less than $2.00 each so far
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Re: ADDICTS: Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy
I swear my daughter knows how to work the iPad better then me. She is 4
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I spent atleat 12 hrs a day on the nintendo... but god forbid anything that makes kids smart too fast.
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I spent at least the same amount on the megadrive, then the nintendo64 went up another 2 hours.
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I spent atleat 12 hrs a day on the nintendo... but god forbid anything that makes kids smart too fast.
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Perhaps, like anything, it's a balance. Or perhaps at that age computers are simply not appropriate (Charlotte Iserbyt and Montessori schools believe this).

Also, many computer games trigger a dopamine release that can very easily become highly addictive like heroine and can negatively impact proper growth and development of a toddler. If used, I definitely think it's best to limit the time a child spends on such devices.

Also, there are plenty of other ways to help kids learn at that age that are not harmful.

But, alas, I'm trying to explain this to someone who spends 12 hours a day on a Nintendo, so this will probably go in one ear and out the other.
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They need a therapy app.
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thumbsup

Lol
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OK, that was funny.
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bane that shayte

this should be regulated just like any other dangerous drug
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Thanks OP - Nice catch

I know one who seems to be a classic case.

almost 3 years old, doesn't speak much, less verbal capacity than your average 18 month old. but can play Angry Birds like a pro.

Parents use IPAD as a pacifier all the time, The kid must spend 5 hours a day minimum on it. Eats while playing, etc.

Goes completely apesh-t when it's taken away. Not just your average hissy fit, but actually get's violent, attacking the offending parent with nails, teeth, and any available "weapon". Mother has required stitches from a bite already.
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Kids need Tod spend time in nature
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I'm not surprised at these toddler's reactions. They get more interaction and attention out of their iPad than most of them get from their too stressed, overworked parents. Kids attach and bond to that which gives them the attention they so desperately need.
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Kids need Tod spend time in nature
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Indeed. Practical nature skills instead of therapy... both are a form on teaching.
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Ever stop to think how YOU would react if they took your computer away from you? No more GLP ahhh
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Re: ADDICTS: Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy
Children as young as four are becoming so addicted to smartphones and iPads that they require psychological treatment.

Experts have warned that parents who allow babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day are in danger of causing “dangerous” long term effects.

The youngest known patient being treated in the UK is a four-year-old girl from the South East.

Her parents enrolled her for compulsive behaviour therapy after she became increasingly “distressed and inconsolable” when the iPad was taken away from her.

Her use of the device had escalated over the course of a year and she had become addicted to using it up for to four hours a day.

Dr Richard Graham, who launched the UK’s first technology addiction programme three years ago, said he believed there were many more addicts of her age.
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“The child's mother called me and described her symptoms,” he said.

"She told me she had developed an obsession with the device and would ask for it constantly. She was using it three to four hours every day and showed increased agitation if it was removed."

Dr Graham said that young technology addicts experienced the same withdrawal symptoms as alcoholics or heroin addicts, when the devices were taken away.

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 Quoting: Present and Aware


try taking away a blanket or teddy, same thing.

But you better get that 4yo on heavy medication for nothing new.
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Thanks OP - Nice catch

I know one who seems to be a classic case.

almost 3 years old, doesn't speak much, less verbal capacity than your average 18 month old. but can play Angry Birds like a pro.

Parents use IPAD as a pacifier all the time, The kid must spend 5 hours a day minimum on it. Eats while playing, etc.

Goes completely apesh-t when it's taken away. Not just your average hissy fit, but actually get's violent, attacking the offending parent with nails, teeth, and any available "weapon". Mother has required stitches from a bite already.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10401141


Wow. That's insane.

Probably partly dietary though, too. Kids on red dye 40, too much sugar and those with wheat/dairy allergies can be pretty out of control. But, likely is mostly that he/she experiences a dopamine withdrawal like a meth addict.
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Senator Robert F. Kennedy, June 6 1966 (South Africa address)
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My girlfriend’s’ friend came over the other day with her daughter who is about six or seven I'd say. When I opened the door she had her face buried in her iPad playing games. She came in, never took her eyes off of the damn thing. She walked in, sat on the floor, and just played games. Her mom was asking her questions to get her involved in our conversation and she had to ask her the same question over and over and over because she wasn't paying attention. I was asking about her new shoes she had on because you could tell they were new and I heard that she just got a couple pair of new converse shoes she was really proud of. Even when they left she never took her eyes off the thing with her mom saying, "Say goodbye... say goodbye." She finally said goodbye but never lifted her head all the way to the car. So sad...
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