Tablet Addiction Among Children: A Growing Problem

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In today’s generation, tablets and phones have replaced the TV as a way of pacifying children and keeping them entertained – yet these devices could be having a significant impact on the mental health of children. 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 report, Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America in 2013, for example, has revealed that one in three toddlers use a gadget before they can even talk. London-based Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Graham and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jay Watts, who launched the UK’s first technology addiction program a few years ago, say that technology addiction can affect a child’s behavior and sleeping patterns.

 

Is your child addicted to their iPad? Here are 5 signs that indicate your child is hooked.

 

Lack of Interest in Other Activities

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One sign a child may have an issue with technology is when a parent is trying to get the child to do something else that is fun – such as going to the cinema or taking part in real-life activities – and the child is reluctant to do so.

 

Dr. Graham explained that if this reluctance increases and ‘it becomes harder and harder to get them to do anything other than engaging with technology’, they may be showing signs of addiction. Dr. Watts added that ‘a bit of groaning at having to do anything else is common.’ ‘But if your child has difficulty paying attention its worth finding out what is going on and whether this is a problem at school too.’

 

Distracted by Technology

 

You may have an issue if you find your child constantly talking about when they are next going online, or they’re talking about their next technology fix. ‘Look for signs of them constantly wanting to get back to their devices. For example, if they keep playing and checking their phone wanting to switch it back on,’ Dr. Graham says. Is the amount of time they spend using devices increasing? The constant need to interact with their tablet is a definite cause for concern for parents.

 

Mood Swings

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If your child starts to become very sensitive when you’re expressing your concern on their tablet usage, up to the point that it escalates into an argument should serves as a wake-up call to parents. When your child can’t cope reacts with tantrums and uncontrollable behavior when their device is taken away is a sure sign of tablet addiction.

 

Withdrawal Symptoms

 

According to Dr. Graham, ‘if a child appears tense or upset when they can’t get online, and this feeling noticeably goes away when they are given their devices, they may have a problem.’ He also adds, ‘When they may become distressed or angry by small things and when they are back online become calmer’ it’s time for parents to check for signs of anxiety, agitation and irritability.

Dr. Watts added: ‘A little agitation at not being able to be online with one’s friends is pretty normal, but if a child continuously can’t get over this, it’s time to start a conversation.’

 

Devious Behavior

 

Another red flag for tablet addiction among children includes concealing the extent to which they use their devices, hiding them or using them in bed without your knowledge. Dr. Graham said children with potential addiction ‘will try to do as much as they can to minimize the extent to which they are asked about their technology use’ by keeping it a secret.

 

These 5 signs of tablet addiction can be curbed at an early stage if parents enforce limits in usage, instill consequences for excessive use, and provide daily structure for their children. It is especially important for sleep hygiene that tablets are not used before bed time and that they are kept in a different room overnight to stop children from using the devices straight before, during, and after sleep.

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How to Host the Ultimate Sports Party

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With March Madness in full swing we know many people will either throw or be invited to a March Madness-themed party. Did you know that the average Super Bowl host spends around $118 for their party? While you may not want to spend as much, there are still some easy ways to host the ultimate party. Just follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have people complementing your hosting skills.

 

1. First and foremost be sure your possessions are protected. There’s no telling what the outcome of a game will be and spirited fans can cause chaos. Making sure your most prized belongings are covered can save you a major headache down the line. As we like to say, if it’s important to you, Bubble It.

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2. In order to make any sports-themed party a raving success, be sure to incorporate fun trivia and games with silly prizes. Second, be sure that you have sports themed decorations such as plates, napkins, and cups. Fans and party-goers will appreciate the amusement of being able to drink out of a basketball or eat out of a football.

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3. Don’t just stop at decorations; make sure your house is also decorated to resemble the field or court. This can be done inside or outside. If you, as the host, don’t cheer for one particular team why not dress like a referee and be the impartial, “rule keeper”? After all, everyone simply wants to have a good time and it also adds a little flair to the overall theme.

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4. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! This time of year is all about some friendly competition and trash-talking. If you’re an eager participator in sports or a mere spectator, remember that having a good time is equally as important as playing or watching the games. And remember, if it’s important to you Bubble It!

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Are Extended Warranties Really Necessary?

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The answer is: it depends.  Extended warranty protection is great for some and not so great for others.  The reality is manufacturer warranties have become more stringent with limited coverage and shorter coverage periods. On top of that, technology such as smartphones have become integrated into our daily lives, leaving them exposed to accidents more frequently.  If you are prone to cracking your iPhone screen, an extended warranty would more than likely be advantageous to you.

 

Check out our video below to help you decide if extended warranties are right for you.

 

 


 

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3 Gift Ideas for the Tech-Savvy Valentine

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Valentine’s Day, the day of true love, is fast approaching. For some, it’s about going full on with the candy hearts, chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and cute stuffed animals. These have long been staples of the romancer’s holiday, but those gifts are more than a little cliché. For those seeking something a bit less conventional, here are 3 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to make your tech-savvy sweetheart smile.

 

1. 3Doodler – The World’s First 3D Drawing Pen

3Doodler is the world’s first pen that lets you draw in 3D, so you can sculpt amazing objects and models from the ground up. To start, just plug in the pen and let it heat up, just like you would a hot glue gun. It has 2 speeds to control the flow and uses safe PLA plastic “drawing sticks” that harden in seconds after dispensed. The outer casing is made of high-temp ABS, which allows you old the pen comfortably. Plus, it’s super easy to use. It includes 50 drawing sticks in 10 colors (additional sticks available in 30 colors). Try making an Eiffel Tower, a skyscraper, or create anything you can think of. The possibilities are endless for your artistic valentine.

 
2. Celluon Magic Cube – Laser Keyboard

The laser keyboard transforms a flat surface into an instant work station. So you can type up a storm any time you want. The advanced optics tracks your fingers like magic. It can be used for Apple, Android, and other smartphones, tablets, and devices and connects via Bluetooth wireless technology. It also doubles as a multi-touch mouse. Its sleek and professional design makes the virtual keyword a fantastic idea for writers on the go.

 
3. Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones

Armed with a stunning design that looks good just about anywhere, you can now listen to your favorite track – and tune out everything else. With the Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones, you can experience the deep base, crystal clear highs, and exceptional midrange of Monster DNA. Its pillow soft advanced noise isolating cushions keep noise out and keep your music from disturbing and you’ll be able to listen comfortably for hours. The DNA headphones’ dual audio input jacks allows you to link your MusicShare headphones together and share the audio. This is a great headphones gift for music lovers and audiophiles alike.

 

There are many other techy gift ideas that can fit your style and budget this Valentine’s Day. Just remember that whatever you decide to give to your valentine, it should be thoughtful, creative, and most of all, fun!

 


 

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New Year’s Resolution Fail: 3 Devices and Apps that will Help You Get Back on Track

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According to University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology via Statistic Brain, 24% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions fail to meet them. You may have been one of these persons last year.  But this year will be different, don’t be part of the statistic! This is the year you are going to make a difference, you’re going to quit smoking, lose weight, or even manage finances more intelligently. This is the year you will succeed. However, like many people, you may have gotten discouraged and reverted back to your old ways.

 

Fear not! It’s not too late to start again and make this year a memorable and fulfilling one, technology is here to help! Here are 3 devices and apps that will help you get back on track:

 

Fitbit Zip

Over the past year so many fitness tracking apps, gadgets, and wristbands have been released in an attempt to help fitness buffs start and track their workouts. Some have proved to be a great success while others have to failed deliver as advertised. Fitbit Zip’s original Fitness Tracker was one of the first gadgets of its kind to give regular people a way of tracking their activity throughout the day. However, Fitbit has changed its game a little by redesigning its first product to the tough and slim One and the budget Zip, a souped-up pedometer, with a face.

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The Zip is a rather basic option in comparison to the brand’s previous gizmos, but you don’t need to spend a fortune and have something strapped to your body at all times to get moving. Now, this is not just your regular pedometer because it’s been built solely for those who want to not only just count their steps throughout the day, but keep an eye on their calorie intake and take a closer look at their daily data via the comprehensive Fitbit app or web dashboard with sharing and gaming features too.

 

cessation nationCessation Nation

Is quitting smoking one of your New Year’s Resolutions? If you answer is yes, but you’ve found yourself backsliding, then the Cessation Nation app may help you get back on track. The app allows users to set a quit date, and then tracks their progress on the road to becoming a non-smoker. Need some motivation? Users can see how much money they’ll save by not purchasing cigarettes and they can view the immediate health benefits gained every day by not smoking. Cessation Nation even features distracting mini games that users can boot up to keep their cravings at bay.  This definitely one of the best smartphone apps that will improve your life.

 

 

iXpenseIt

ixpenseitNo one is perfect at money management, but there are always small things users can do to keep their finances in check. This app may be a bit on the costly side, but you will soon discover that it may just be worth it. iXpenseIt simplifies your money matters with daily expense tracking and monthly budgeting. Whether for personal or business use, its intuitive reporting provides insight to where your money went and identifies new ways to save. It also gives you the ability to input expense data anywhere, anytime within seconds and even allows you to store photos of receipts. Saving money is hard, but this app can help users visualize the process and track progress, which in turn can make managing money a New Year’s resolution that is easy to keep.

 

Remember, change of any kind can seem daunting at first. The key to success is to having the right mindset, a solid support group and a concrete plan will go a long way to helping you achieve your goals and be successful with your New Year’s resolutions.

 


 

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