About Careers MedBlog Contact us

UAE Parents want Ban on Smartphones in Schools for Under-16 Children

by Mohamed Fathima S on December 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM
Font : A-A+

UAE Parents want Ban on Smartphones in Schools for Under-16 Children

A majority of 98 percent of parents in the United Arab Emirates want a ban on smartphones among children under 16 years. They believe that such devices have a negative impact on the mental health of young children.

The study was conducted by Atomik Research, commissioned by Priority Group among 1,002 parents of 10 to 18-year-old children in May this year. The study showed that half (44 percent) of parents supported the ban of smartphones for under 16's.


Following the footsteps of France which recently banned smartphones in schools by children of 15 years and below, UAE schools 'could make pacts' with parents to discourage the buying of smartphones for children, says UAE psychiatrist Dr. Rasha Bassim, from Priory Wellbeing Centre in Dubai.

Using smartphones for more than three hours a day have dangerous physiological and medical effects on children. The brain chemistry of children addicted to smartphones and the internet becomes unbalanced causing irritability, emotional distress, abnormal sleep patterns, isolation, anxiety, and depression. She also added that children need a basic cell phone to keep safe and ensure their parents are aware of their movements.

Dr Ramsey Mustafa Al Omari, paediatric and neonatal consultant, Canadian Specialist Hospital, said spending more than five hours in front of a screen (TV or smartphones) promotes sedentary life and unhealthy eating habits which results in weight gain and obesity, thereby in the long run lead to more severe diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc. From a psychological point of view, mobile phones and TV are as addictive as caffeine where they give instant gratification to the children. "Overuse can cause narrowing of blood vessels in the eyes," He added.

Nadia Brooker, a counseling psychologist at Priory Wellbeing Centre, believes the overuse of cell phones can have long-term outcomes on a child's development. She says, "Smartphones allow children to access sites promoting pornography, gambling, violence and allow cyberbullying, with the potential for serious consequences."

Young people need to be encouraged to be active, engage in face to face social interactions and explore and participate in 'real life' situations, to be strong and healthy individuals both physically and mentally, says Brooker.

Source: Medindia


Latest Lifestyle and Wellness News

Protecting Yourself from Summer Sun: Tips and Tricks
Selecting the right SPF for your skin is quite tricky, but the thumb rule is to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for effective results.
 World Family Doctor Day: Let's Celebrate the Family Doctors at the Heart of Healthcare
World Family Doctor Day held on 19th May highlights the vital role and contribution of family doctors in healthcare systems worldwide.
Pamper Your Mom With the Ultimate Gift of Relaxation on Mother's Day
On Mother's Day, you can make your mom feel cherished and relaxed by creating a serene atmosphere and indulging her with luxurious spa treatments.
 At-Home Yoga Can Reduce Anxiety and Improve Memory
The results of a virtual yoga program show that navigating one's space a little differently and being conscious of breathing reduces anxiety and prevents memory loss.
Discover the Root Causes of Sugar Cravings
Learn how to control sugar cravings and achieve your health goals with simple hacks.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

UAE Parents want Ban on Smartphones in Schools for Under-16 Children Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests