Many children in urban areas from the age of 5-15 suffer moral degradation. This is
characterized with bad mannerism, disobedience and foul language that is often spoke by them.
The root cause of this problem is the influence of adults who are addicted to screen media; this in turn affects their behavior and those of their children.
Children are heavily influenced by the actions of the adults they see. It has been psychologically proven that children often do what they see and not what they hear.
The continuous streaming of endless information has led to a serious problem in our society today, in that most people are completely addicted to screen media and entertainment platforms.
This problem affects mostly the adult population because they have the resources to acquire electronic devices. For example;iPad and laptops,tablets.
Because of the ease of availability of these devices and content our children are
exposed to explicit content, health problems, violence, vulgar language, drug indulgence and many more issues.
This content in turn adversely affects the child’s mentality, which affects their behavior as they grow up.
Governments of the world have tried to tackle this problem by setting up laws to regulate mass media but are yet to be successful.
The low success rate is due to an ever-rising number of content creators some of
whom have no regard for ethics and morality.
Many studies have been conducted around the world seeking to find permanent solutions that will safeguard children from inappropriate screen media content.
To promote wellness in children and adolescents, it is important to moderate screen time for children.
A healthy family screen media use plan that is individualized for a specific child, teenager, or family can identify an appropriate balance between screen media time/online time and other activities.
They set boundaries for accessing content, guide displays of personal information, encourage age-appropriate critical thinking and digital literacy.
The government should moderate screen time for children now that most children are exposed to screen media for at least three hours a day and parents to regulate content their children are exposed to.