Toddlers And Tablets — Helpful or Detrimental?

Toddlers And Tablets --- Helpful or DetrimentalNowadays, toddlers with the latest game consoles or tablet computers are already a common sighting. It is amazing to note that these little kids somehow know how to figure out the controls of these complicated gadgets. But is letting your child play with electronic gadgets be beneficial to learning or detrimental?

‘Flip side’

According to a research from the University of Wisconsin, kids from 2 to 3 years old were more responsive to video screens that prompted them to touch them compared to an ordinary video screen. This could mean that touch screens can help build the educational potential of toddlers.

However, there is a flip side to this. According to psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman, children should be steered away from too much exposure to the screen media because this can lead to addiction or depression. Each child born today will have spent one whole year infront of these screens by the time they are 7 years of age. That thought is admittedly quite staggering.

‘Ample balance’

It all comes down to wise usage, good parenting, and discipline. Since it would seem that tablets, iGadgets, and game consoles are here to stay, parents should make sure that they only download apps and software that can contribute to their child’s educational learning. Toddlers should be provided an ample balance of indoor and outdoor interactive play time. And computer exposure should be limited to up to two hours daily.

Like any tool, computers and tablets can help children develop confidence and skills, if used properly. So, use it properly.

Do you allow your kids to use electronic gadgets freely? Do you believe it is detrimental to their educational development?

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Woman Dies From Drinking Too Much Coke

Woman Dies From Drinking Too Much CokeDrinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a “substantial factor” in the death of a 30-year-old woman in New Zealand, a coroner has said. Natasha Harris, who died three years ago after a cardiac arrest, drank up to 10 litres of the fizzy drink each day. This is twice the recommended safe limit of caffeine and more than 11 times the recommended sugar intake.

‘Developed an addiction’

Natasha Harris, a mother of eight from the southern New Zealand city of Invercargill, suffered from ill health for years before her death. Her family said she had developed an addiction to Coca-Cola and would get withdrawal symptoms, including “the shakes”, if she went without her favourite drink.

Ms Harris drank Coke throughout her waking hours and her teeth had been removed because of decay. Coroner David Crerar said her Coca-Cola consumption had given rise to cardiac arrhythmia, a condition when the heart beats too fast or too slow.

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died,” Mr Crerar’s finding said.

‘Could not be held responsible’

The coroner calculated that drinking 10 litres (17.5 pints) of Coke amounted to more than 1kg (2.2lb) of sugar and 970mg of caffeine, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) reports. Mr Crerar said that Coca-Cola could not be held responsible for the health of consumers who drank excessive quantities of its product. But he called on soft drinks companies to display clearer warnings on their beverages about the risks of too much sugar and caffeine.

Ms Harris and her family should have heeded the warning signs about her ill health, the coroner added. In a statement, Coca Cola said: “The coroner acknowledged that he could not be certain what caused Ms Harris’ heart attack.”

Do you also drink too much soda? Do you think Coca-Cola has some sort of responsibility in this issue? Feel free to share your comments with us here!

Source: BBC News

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