Using digital devices at night affects children’s sleep habits and damages their mental health, warns teachers in Australia. According to a survey they have made public, this trend makes children act like “device booms” resulting in disturbed sleep and sleeping most of the school day.
“We put our children in bed, we read them a story, we call them good nights and we stay with the idea that they close their eyes to sleep – but there is no guarantee that this will happen,” says a teacher and adds that lately schools have reported an increase in incidents involving a psychologist, but many mental health programs for young people do not include children under 12 years of age.
As experts estimate, the blue light emitted by mobile devices delays the release of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, disturbing the circadian rhythms (peripheral clocks) of the body that regulate sleep cycles. If this cycle is disturbed, whether it is delayed or different from day to day, this person is highly likely to experience emotional instability, depression or anxiety.
Experts point out that there are applications that parents can put on their mobile phones that do not restrict children’s access to technology but allow parents to know which applications their children have access to so that parents can chat together and advise them.