BANGKOK:- Officials from Thailand’s Mental Health Department have warned parents in Thailand to exercise caution with regards to allowing their children to use electronic gadgets such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
The warning comes following a recent survey by the Mental Health Department in Thailand which found exposure to technology could be responsible for a slowdown in the development of children in Thailand.
Statistics from the survey have revealed that almost 30 per cent of Thai children are falling behind in their mental development and that their exposure to technological devices is to blame.
Doctors from the Department of Health explained that devices such as smartphones and tablets were an obstruction to learning and caused problems with children developing vital communication skills. Doctors also stressed that technology rarely benefits children under three years of age.
Instead of allowing children to spend too much time using smartphones and tablets, doctors advised that parents should limit the amount of time children are allowed to play on such devices and where possible choose applications that will enhance their child’s learning.
The Ministry of Public have also launched a new website which offers parents advice and support on how to foster proper development of children.