4 year old girl gets psychiatric treatment for iPad addiction

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    Technology might be one of the most cherished miracles of our time-age, but it has its dark sides. Educators have been insisting for a while now that unlimited access to gadgets is very harmful for children, who end up not being able to concentrate in a school environment.

    However, gadget fondness has now been proved to take even pathological proportions. A British girl, aged 4, is receiving psychiatric help due to her unhealthy obsession with one of Apple’s iconic devices – the iPad.

    The child has been using the device since she was three and she usually plays games on it. But when her parents or doctors take it away, instructing her to do other things, she exhibits the classic addict behavior. Doctors have even spotted withdrawal symptoms in her.​​

    A recent survey has shown that half of the participants in a study allow their babies or very young children to play with gadgets such as smartphones or tablets.

    The Capio Nightingale Clinic in London, where the 4 year girl has been hospitalized, has a program aimed at patients experiencing similar issues. “A digital detox programme” costs as much as £16,000 . Parents would be advised not to leave shiny gadgets around the house, because children will normally be attracted to it. And with their brains being so susceptible at this very tender age, kids will end up experiencing the world through the gadgets. And we all know the world is much more than that.

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    Seems like the iPad was more of a parent to the poor kid.
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    Give me a freaking break! I suppose they want to sue apple now. The parents should be prosecuted for neglect.
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    Unfortunately, some people can't be trusted to take responsibility for their own actions, much less be responsible for children. Then society is left to deal with their spawn.
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    Well.... I always said these things weren't for kids ...

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    It happens when we become too gadget-free with children. Lets give children what their age require and can hamdle
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    Oh, my god! I think I should pay more attention to my little girl now because she usually plays iPad games like iSwinging and Carrot Fantasy for a few hours. Her cousin likes these games too but she can control herself, but my baby can't.
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    Wow. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. You haven't. It's almost funny, except that it isn't. Whatever.
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    Your little girl... a few hours... and can't control herself? Yes, I believe it may be time for you to pay more attention. Do you think she may have been conditioned beyond the point of what is normal by watching you play games? Just a thought, not meaning to preach.


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    Yea, whatever....
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    At the DMV today, one parent ignores what appeared to be about 3 year old girl who is walking around staring at an iPod trying to talk to it for more than 20 minutes while another hands her little girl an iPad and tells her to go over there and leave mommy alone (pointing across the waiting area).
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    Yup!!

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    Took the words right out of my mouth!!!!

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    Sad. I would be worried that the kid would break my iPad.

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    Far cry from when I was a kid. My mother would never let me go off anywhere without her or another adult to supervise. And you wonder why there is an increase of Amber Alerts always happening.
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    Well, Amber Alerts are relatively new, and they took time to get used and spread after introduction, so any increase is not because people leave their kids untended. Lots of people grew up left to play on their own, or with other kids, without an adult watching, and don't get kidnapped, so let's not blow that out of proportion. It would be unnatural for kids to be watched every waking moment.

    AMBER Alert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What we're talking about here is people who use gadgets as babysitters.
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    iPads make great babysitters. You can use "Find my iPhone" to find out where they are, and iMessage to call them in for dinner.
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    Thanks for you concern! But I don't like playing games. Anyway, I know I have the responsibility to set a good example for her. So, I'll do my best to lead her to the right track.
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    We have actually instituted a " screen free" time period after dinner where our girls have to read or do something productive for an hour or so. Not homework time either, something else altogether. They whined at first but now they have settled into it. It's working OK so far. I think it's worth people doing something like this.
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