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Readers’ Voice

14 November 2022

Reduce screen time
Most of the young children today spend way more time in front of some sort of screen, whether it's a computer, smartphone, or TV, than they spend playing outside, which raised a really important question- should parents limit screen time for kids? In my opinion, they definitely should.
It's the 21st century, and our smartphones and devices play major roles in our everyday lives but do we really need it 24/7, do young kids, who should be out in the sunshine being active, need that much time on their electronics? Teens these days are slowly withdrawing from various outdoor sports, hobbies and social interactions due to the amount of time they devote to social media and gaming.
The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that children spend an average of 7 hours a day on what we call screen time, which includes TVs, computers, phones, and other electronic devices.
Before iPhones were released, we could still see children running around the park freely and participating in numerous activities like hiking, cycling, camping etc. whilst nowadays kids get too caught up in the false reality they portray on the internet media that they barely live their lives anymore. They need to learn that not everything is about what you post online.
Ahmad Zulqarnain

Abuse of social media
The number of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter users is increasing at an alarming rate these days. Whatever wishes, whoever writes his opinion in an instant whether it has an anti-religious, anti-humanitarian, or negative impact on the social context is out of the question. The ghost of cheap popularity has haunted most of the users. However, in this case, the young society is ahead. They don't stop commenting like that, they are also trying to gain popularity with various video contents.
There is nothing like learning or positive impact on society in these promoted videos, but they are obsessed with various obscenities. The video is being released at the moment by holding various body postures through communication. These poor young people are walking towards darkness day by day.
So, family should explain to the child from the beginning about the positive and negative aspects of using social media. The main responsibility of the child is to restrain his own family in these matters.
Redwan Mahmud

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