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Child DevelopmentParenting
January 23, 2019

Does your child have Electronic Screen Syndrome?

Believe it or not, a child’s nervous system can become overstimulated by regular screen exposure that comes from cell phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices. These devices can cause chronic stress on the brain, which may result in various different learning and behavioural disorders. Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS) is considered an unrecognised modern-day disorder. The interaction with screens can shift the nervous system into fight-or-flight mode, which causes dysregulation and disorganisation of different biological systems. Once in this state, your child’s mood, behaviour, and focus can be affected. ESS isn’t limited to teenagers obsessed with digital devices; toddlers can…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
May 11, 2018

At what age can my kid have a cellphone?

You’ve decided to give your child a cellphone for safety reasons. But you’re worried. Will he spend his days glued to the tiny screen? What kind of horrors will he be exposed to on the Internet? Is it a big mistake to give him a phone at this age? A child receiving a cellphone has become a 21st century rite of passage, but there’s a lot to consider, with all the emotional, developmental and social risks involved. Know the risks A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that cellphones pose possible health hazards for the brain,…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
May 11, 2018

Do you need to go to rehab for binge-watching?

You’ll regret it in the morning when you can’t keep your eyes open, but you press play anyway. “Just one more episode,” you tell yourself. A recent Netflix survey revealed that 61% of users regularly watch two to six episodes in just one sitting. Does this sound familiar? After a long day, curled up in bed with snacks, watching endless episodes of your favourite series may sound appealing, but it may not be so kind to your health. The high you get from watching your favourite shows on a loop makes you feel good but it may lead to addiction.…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 20, 2018

Tech-proof your health

You finally crawl into bed after a long day at your computer screen. You get under your blanket; switch off the light, fluff your pillow, and then scroll through your Twitter feed… Big mistake! Technology has its benefits, but it has its dark side too. Too much tech can harm your health. Watch out for these technology health wreckers. Your skin Your fingers are constantly jabbing away on your phone or laptop keyboard. The oils, bacteria and dirt that accumulate on your hands throughout the day can transfer to your phone, screen and keyboard. If you’re not careful, the same…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
July 2, 2017

Feeling blue? Your cellphone could be the problem

Your phone is practically an extension of your hand. It’s the first thing you check in the morning and chances are that when you fall asleep, you’re still scrolling away… It’s your watch, your camera, alarm and practically your best friend, all rolled into one! Take a moment though, to consider that your little BFF may actually be doing you harm. Think of all the things you touch in a day, from your computer to food. Every surface contains germs and when you touch, swipe and chat on your phone (numerous times a day!) you’re transferring those germs. Germs of…
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 12, 2015

Apps to make life easier!

App, app, app – there’s one for every possible want or need these days, but are we really using this technology to our advantage? Sure, games, instant messaging and social media apps are great and they’ve changed the way we communicate, but there’s so much more out there! (more…)
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General knowledge
August 2, 2014

Can social media help us in emergency situations?

Social media has changed many aspects of how we live and interact with each other, but can it (or should it) change the way we behave in an emergency? A cell-phone or, better yet, a smartphone, is a powerful tool that can be used to save a life. Downloadable first-aid apps, being able to speed-dial an emergency line and even using a GPS to locate the nearest hospital or clinic are all things you can use in the case of a dire emergency. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
July 30, 2014

Here’s how to “de-app” your children during meal times

Kids these days are seriously tech-savvy, and most toddlers even know how to switch on an iPad and find their favourite game app. And while it’s good for keeping them quiet and entertained when you need it most, it can become distracting at other times – like when they’re eating dinner. (more…)
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