My brother’s son is 5 years old, his parents complain that he does not sit with them and spends most of his time playing on his iPad, mobile, and video games.
At family meetings, I noticed that he is almost isolated refusing to play with other kids and only watched video games and played with his tablet.
What can I do to make him communicate with other kids and give up these technological devices?
In this counseling answer:
•His parents need to “disconnect” him from these devices!
•The time your nephew is spending using all these devices should be stopped and replaced with real-life experiences and people.
•He may come up with a list of fun activities to do instead of using these devices so the child has ideas on how to fill his time
As salamu alaykum,
This is sadly a common problem in today’s society. Children are often connected to devices instead of connected to people. The problem, as well as the answer, is quite simple.
His parents need to “disconnect” him from these devices! A five-year-old should not be on a device 24-7. An hour a day at most for fun, learning or some other useful activity I can see, but other than that, no.
Perhaps you can suggest to your brother that he and his wife are the only ones who have control over their child’s usage of these devices.
It is the parents who are calling the shots, not the child. Or at least that is how it is supposed to be.
You may want to point out (after an educational search on the negative effects of children & devices) how harmful it is to their child’s development to let him isolate in another virtual world.
I would kindly suggest to him that the time his child is spending using all these devices should be stopped and replaced with real-life experiences and people. Also, he may come up with a list of fun activities to do instead of using these devices so the child has ideas on how to fill his time.
Insha’Allah, your brother will heed your advice and unplug his son.
We wish you the best, please let us know how it turns out.
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