Children are now better at using smartphones than swimming, tying their shoelaces and even telling the time
- The study surveyed 2,000 parents of children aged between two and 16
- Findings revealed more children could use a tablet than tie their shoelaces
- This was also true for swimming and telling the time
- A third of two- to four-year-olds own a tablet and spend an average of two hours and 35 minutes a day on these devices
- This could be affecting their eyesight, sleep and school work
The rate at which children use smartphone now has increased. Children as young as two are learning to use smartphones and tablets before tackling vital life skills.
According to research carried out by dailymail, More than half of children aged between two and 10 feel more confident using a tablet than learning to swim, telling the time and tying their shoe laces.
The majority of young children also said they felt more confident using a mobile phone than reading.
According to research, more than half of children aged between two and 10 feel more confident using a tablet (stock image pictured) than learning to swim, telling the time and tying their shoe laces. The majority of young children also said they felt more confident using a mobile phone than reading
They asked the parents which activities their children could carry out confidently.
Riding a bike topped the list on 60 per cent, followed by using a tablet with 59 per cent and using a phone, and reading both on 57 per cent.
Tying their shoe laces achieved 53 per cent, followed by swimming on 52 per cent, while telling the time was at the bottom with 49 per cent.
WHAT CAN YOUR CHILD DO CONFIDENTLY?
The study from London-based optical specialists Lenstore surveyed 2,000 parents of children aged between two and 16 in the UK.
They asked the parents which activities their children could do confidently.
|Ride a bike||60%|
|Manoueuvre around a tablet||59%|
|Work a mobile phone||57%|
|Tie their shoe laces||53%|
|Tell the time||4|
Elsewhere, the findings found that nearly one in three under fours now own a tablet, and 10 per cent regularly use a mobile phone, claimed the report.
But fewer than half of parents surveyed with children aged between five and 10 said they check their child’s online activity.
According to the report, a third of the two- to four-year-olds who own a tablet spend an average of two hours and 35 minutes a day on these devices, and this could be affecting their eyesight and eye health.
The optical specialists claim that at the age of two, a child’s eyesight is developed enough to use the devices, but sessions should be short and supervised to avoid damage.
Between the ages of five and seven, time spent on digital devices also included games consoles (pictured left). Between the ages of eight and ten, children were found to spend the most time on digital devices with an average of 9.8 hours a day overall. This exceeds the recommended two hour minimum
HOW LONG DO YOUR CHILDREN USE DIGITAL DEVICES?
The average two- to four-year-old is spending 0.88 hours a day on a tablet, and 0.51 hours on a mobile phone.
Between the ages of eight and ten, children spend the most time on digital devices with an average of 9.8 hours a day.
This is just ahead of 14- to 16-year-olds who spend 9.48 hours on devices per day.
The majority of parents with two to four-year-olds were not concerned about how long their children were spending on digital devices, but identified the average child was spending 5.12 hours a day using such devices.
Parents in London said it was acceptable for children to spend a lot of time on digital devices, and said their children, on average, spend 10.35 hours a day on digital devices.
This is compared to 12.52 hours a day themselves.
More than 30 per cent of parents surveyed said they were concerned their children’s digital use is affecting their sleep, and also causing behavioural problems.
Parents in London said it was acceptable for children to spend a lot of time on digital devices, and admitted their children, on average, spend 10.35 hours a day on digital devices.
This is compared to 12.52 hours a day themselves.
Parents in Northern Ireland were found to worry the most about their children’s overuse of digital devices, while parents in the North East said they worry the most about their children’s eyesight.
In the West Midlands, parents were the most likely to occupy their children with digital devices to get work and jobs done around the house, as well as get some ‘peace and quiet’
‘In an age where tablets, smartphones and laptops are an integral part of our daily lives, our children are growing up to be more tech savvy than ever, and technology plays an important part of their ongoing learning and development,’ said Lenstore in a blog post.
‘While it is important to embrace technology and integrate it into a child’s learning programme, we must also be aware of how to do this responsibly and ensure their eyesight is not compromised, especially in their earlier years.’
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Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet
Ever wondered why some Chinese companies are able to give you a smartphone loaded with high end specs and decent build quality, at a price way less than what world famous brands do? Chinese smartphones are often cheaper because they don’t have the same overheads as brands that have physical stores. Did you see the announcement of the Galaxy S6? Have you heard of the contract Robert Downey Jr signed last year with HTC? Or that Sony wants to promote the Xperia Z5 in a new James Bond film? These things cost a fortune. A fortune that you, the customer, end up paying. Tecno must have fallen on your ear. Browse https://jiji.ng/mobile-phones/tecno, where you can find an affordable Tecno smartphone in your city. So check this Tecno i7 to see whether, it really stands a chance in the already overcrowded african smartphone market?
The Tecno I7 is a modern looking gadget, that is very similar to other smartphones in the market. On the right side are the power and volume buttons. Tecno has given the power key a textured finish, which helps distinguish it from the volume keys just by feel.While, the front side looks expensive, the rear panel, looks borrowed, this is where i7 loses points is in terms of originality.
Tecno i7 comes with 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, which gives bright and decent colors while watching movies, youtube or web browsing. You can also regulate the brightness manually or choose automatic adjustment option.
Hardwear and softwear
The I7 runs a heavily skinned version of Android called Hi OS and powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor paired up with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has 32GB of internal memory along with a duo SIM card slot as well, wish you expand the memory storage. It supports 3G, 4G and other connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Fingerprint sensor is accurate and responsive.
The front camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels paired with with a Quad LED flash. It offers good colour and fast shutter speed.The camera is snappy and gives you easy access to some of the options right from the main screen. You can swipe to switch from photo capturing mode to video mode, as well as change to other modes like Beauty and Panorama. Unfortunately, the front 16 MP camera with Front LED flash promises a lot on paper, but fails to deliver.
One the strongest points of the Tecno i7 is its battery. The smartphone equipped with a 4,000mAh battery that supports fast charging. The Rocket Charge will get you 80% charge within 70 minutes.
Why You Still Need An MP3 Player
Only five or ten years ago MP3 players were the most popular devices for listening to music, but as mobile phones became more and more advanced, MP3 players started to lose their popularity. However, there are still plenty of reasons to choose an MP3 player over a music app in your smartphone. You can buy MP3 players and lots of other electronics in Nigeria at unbelievably low prices by simply following this link: https://jiji.ng/electronics
Low cost gadget
Even the latest MP3 player model is still cheaper than a mid-range smartphone, so if you often break or lose your device, an MP3 player can become your low-risk investment. For example, it may turn out that replacing the screen on your iPhone costs as much as a new iPod, so dropping your device on the ground can have different consequences depending on which gadget you prefer.
Take the most out of your music collection
Most music fans have huge collections of MP3 files on their computer – they can be downloaded from the Internet or converted from music CDs. An MP3 player becomes the most suitable device for playing these files. Modern smartphones are mostly designed for using music apps and subscription services, while transferring and organizing MP3 files on your phone can turn out to be quite tricky. An MP3 player will let you effortlessly select music by artist, album or track title, or even release year. And don’t forget the super convenient playlist feature!
Perfect for active lifestyle
Keeping fit and leading an adventurous life are today’s biggest trends, and music is an essential component of active lifestyle. No matter what you’re into – running, going into the gym, hiking, cycling, or climbing – an MP3 player is a much lighter and smaller device than your mobile phone, which means it’s much more convenient to carry around. Plus, many MP3 players like the iPod Shuffle have special clips, so you don’t have to keep them in your pocket.
Save battery life
One of the biggest problems of smartphone users is the battery that dies in the middle of the day even when you’re not actively using the phone. Obviously, listening to music for hours has an even more drastic effect on the battery life. MP3 players, however, are known for lasting for days while playing music non-stop. That way you can take the pressure off your phone’s battery while enjoying your favorite tunes wherever you are without worrying about the battery life of your devices.
Mobile app to curb vandalism, power theft Launched in Nigeria
In a bid to curb the disturbing nuisances that stem from criminality in our society, Web Asset Limited, a Lagos-based technology company, has launched an interactive crime reporting system tagged ‘Hawk Eye’.
Hawk Eye is a mobile app that uses an innovative technology to checkmate crime in Nigeria.
The launch which took place in Abuja, was a beta launch piloted by Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, chairman Web Asset Ltd., and developer of the Hawk Eye app.
The pilot launch was aimed at demonstrating how the app could be useful in finding a solution to the menace of utility and energy theft plaguing the electricity sector.
The demonstration highlighted the distinctive features of the app like the ability to select crime types, capture and send videos, images or text messages of the crime and direct these to appropriate security authorities for immediate action.
He added that the system offers a crime management platform with a robust command and control centre dashboard to display location of crime scenes and the nearest officers to respond to the reported crime.
The Hawk Eye system is the first national crime reporting system in the country and is one of the ways in which the public can lend its support to reinforce the governments’ unrelenting efforts in safeguarding lives and properties across the country.
Mr. Aladesuyi, explained that beyond reporting utility theft for the energy sector, the app had been developed with the potential to work with different security agencies and institutions in the country and deal with crime at all levels from kidnapping, vandalism, civil unrest, terrorism, extortion, etc.
He said: “We are always looking for better and more contemporary ways of safeguarding lives and private properties, including public utilities. The app which is a niche crime reporting app, will address the infrastructural gap in the area of emergency response system through internet-enabled mobile phones. The app also provides an alternative, fast and easy way of tackling security issues with exposure to lesser risks.”
“Hawk Eye enables officers in the field to receive dispatched incidents and option to file reports in real-time even while in remote locations. Through its unique offering of Global Announcement feature, the app allows communication with different communities on national emergencies, most wanted persons, among other emergencies. In addition, Hawk Eye provides a FindMe feature for users to notify Rapid Response units or family members in the event of kidnapping incidents,” he said.
Ernest Mupwaya, managing director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), in his remarks said, “Energy theft is crippling the revenues of electricity distribution companies and impacting negatively on growth.” He explained that the distance and communication gaps were hindrances to checking criminal activities in the sector, adding that the app, as a security enabler would bridge these gaps.
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