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8 Harmful Effects of Cyber bullying to Children

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, one out of five students is being bullied in school and in the community. Only 36% of these children reported bullying. With the onset of social media, bullying has gone digital. Children now bully other children through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Based on the study of Patchin & Hinduja (2016), 34% of students experience cyberbullying.

Here are the harmful effects of bullying in the online world:

Humiliation

Because cyberbullying takes place in the cyberspace, children who are being bullied are feeling humiliated in the online world. Usually, the bully posts nasty photos, texts, or messages that can be permanent in the digital platform. The victim may be exposed and may encourage others to increase the humiliation.

Anger and Vengeance

The victims may be angry to the cyberbullies. With this, there is a huge tendency that they will hit back the cyberbullies in the cyberspace by commenting or posting nasty photos as well. Cyberbullying creates a boomerang effect in which the victim will copy the action as a form of revenge.

 

Violence

It may also resort to violence in which the victim may resort to hurting the cyberbully in person. There are many instances in the United States in which victims are reported to have attacked their bullies because of cyberbullying.

Depression

If they cannot tolerate the bullying, they will become stressed which will, later on, develop to depression. Depression is still the leading cause of suicide in the world. According to Web MD, 2 out of 100 young children are suffering major depression. One of the reasons for their depression is bullying.

 

Low-Self-Esteem

Because the victims are being humiliated in the cyberspace, there is a huge tendency that they will develop low self-esteem. With this, they show disinterest in school, making friends, engaging in social activities, and building relationships, among others.

 

Poor Grades

The effects of cyberbullying can negatively affect the performance of the victim. They tend to be less participative and sociable which leads to poor grades.

 

Health Problems

Stress can increase the person’s risk of chronic diseases, including heart diseases, obesity, and diabetes. If cyberbullying continues, the victim may show disinterest in life which will lead him or her to practice a sedentary life.

 

Suicidal Thoughts

As mentioned earlier, victims of bullying have suicidal thoughts. These thoughts interfere their normal social, mental and physical functioning.

 

 

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Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

The eyes are very important. It provides humans access to the world. Thus, everyone is required to take care of their eyes. Apart from again, we need to be cautious of our actions and our environment. In the statistics, there are over 250 million suffering from vision problems, including Computer Vision Syndrome. In the United States, more than 43 million people will suffer age-related eye disorders by 2020, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

To prevent vision problems, take care of your eyes with these 10 effective ways:

 

Proper Nutrition

Proper Nutrition - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

In order to achieve good eye health, one must eat foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein, zinc, and vitamins E and C. They prevent vision problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration. Foods like salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, and beans are good for the eyes.

 

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

Cigarette smoking increases your risk to acquiring cataracts. The smoke can also damage your optic nerves which will develop to macular degeneration, uveitis, and other eye problems.

 

Protect Your Eyes

Protect Your Eyes - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

Protect your eyes from extreme UV rays by wearing the right pair of shades. Too much exposure to UVA and UVB rays can cause macular degeneration. Specialized coatings in lenses are also available for specified eye health benefits.

 

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

Rubbing your eyes is never the solution to ease the itch. Rubbing can cause friction in your eyes which will lead to redness and irritation. If you experience itchy eyes, wash your eyes with warm water or buy prescribed eye drops.

 

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

In certain cases, your hands may be in direct contact with your eyes – putting contact lenses, removing eyelashes or putting makeup. It is important that you keep your hands sanitized before you touch your eyes to avoid the spread of bacteria.

 

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways
When we get dehydrated, one part that is affected is our eyes. Our eyes need moisture, and one way of keeping the moisture is by drinking a lot of water.

 

Exercise Your Eyes

Exercise Your Eyes - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

According to American Academy of Ophthalmology, regular exercise can delay the onset of macular degeneration. But apart from exercising our body, it is also important to do eye exercises to strengthen your eye muscles.

 

Get Adequate Sleep

Get Adequate Sleep - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

Our eyes need to rest, too. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our eyes are required to have at least five hours of sleep to replenish. Lack of sleep may cause eye spasms and can lead to serious vision problems.

 

Give Your Eyes a Break

Give Your Eyes a Break - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

Remember the 20-20-20 rule. If you are using the computer, make sure that you give your eyes a break every 20 minutes, then look at an object that is 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.

 

Visit Your Eye Doctor

Visit Your Eye Doctor - Take Care of Your Eyes with These 10 Effective Ways

Lastly, it is very important to meet your eye doctor once a year. The ophthalmologists will check if you have eye problems. They will also recommend you eyewear that will aid your vision. Moreover, they will prescribe you some vitamins and supplements that will keep your eyes strong.

 

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

The eyes are probably the most important sensory organ. Without the eyes, we cannot see the beauty of the world. There will be plenty of limitations on how we live our life. Thus, it is important to take care of our eyes. According to the World Health Organization, 253 million people in the world have vision impairment. One of these vision problems is the computer vision syndrome (CVS).

 

Overview of Computer Vision Syndrome

Also called as Digital Eye Strain, the Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is acquired from the prolonged use of computers, tablets, smartphones, television, and other digital devices. Computer Vision Syndrome causes too much eye discomfort and vision problems.

Based on the statistics from the American Optometric Association, there are more than 10 million visits to eye doctors for CVS related problems every year. In the 2015 survey by The Vision Council, 65% of the American adults have experienced CVS. If an adult spends more than 2 hours in front of the computer, there is a 90% chance they will develop CVS. In the United States, an American worker spends more than seven hours on the computer. This condition can decrease their work productivity at about 20%.

 

Signs & Symptoms

There is no direct finding that could prove that computers can cause long-term damages to the eyes. However, computer vision syndrome can really be annoying which can affect your daily productivity. When you have a computer vision syndrome, you may experience:

  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pains

Other effects may include itching or burning of eyes, tearing, pain in the back, arms, and wrist, and general fatigue.

 

Causes & Risk Factors

The main reason why computer vision syndrome occurs is that of prolonged exposure to digital devices. On the other hand, there are risk factors that may encourage the development of vision-related symptoms.

  • Uncorrected vision problems (Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, etc.)
  • Viewing distances
  • Poor lighting conditions
  • Eye conditions (dry eyes, sore eyes, conjunctivitis, etc.)
  • Wearing of contact lenses

 

Diagnosis

If the following symptoms occur, it is advised for the individual to immediately seek medical attention. The ophthalmologist or eye doctor will conduct a comprehensive eye examination. This may include the testing of the visual requirements at the computer and the digital device working distances.

The ophthalmologist will ask for the patient history to determine if the patient is having other health medical problems or medications being taken. The patient will then under visual acuity measurements to assess the health vision. Lastly, there will be tests to evaluate how eyes move and work together.

Prevention

To avoid the computer vision syndrome, it is important to strictly follow the 20-20-20 rule, especially to those regular computer users. The user must look away from the screen every 20 minutes and focus on something that is 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. While doing this, the user must consistently blink to maintain the moisture in the eyes. The use of eye drops is also recommendable.

 

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7 Worst Common Health Problems Caused by Computer Use

Technology has dramatically changed how humans deal with life. The rise of computers and the internet have improved various applications – business, education, entertainment, and health, among others. According to Internet Live Stats, over 3.4 billion in the world has access to the internet. That’s 46% of the total world population. People nowadays are dependent on computers – research, communication, and productivity. However, scientists have found out that the use of computers affects a human’s well-being.

Here are the 7 worst common health problems associated with computer use:

 

Muscle Problems

There are different ways on how we use computers. But most commonly, people sit on a chair and face the desktop monitor placed on a desk. According to research, regular computer users complain about muscle soreness and muscle fatigue. They also experience numbness in back, chest, arms, shoulders, and feet. The major cause of these is poor posture while using the computer.

 

Vision Problems

Too much focus on a computer screen is bad for the eyes. According to American Optometric Association, prolonged exposure to computers, tablets, and smartphones cause computer vision syndrome. An average American worker spends about seven hours a day on the computer. To avoid this condition, one should follow the 20-20-20 rule.

 

Headache

Computer use also caused headaches and migraines. According to Very Well, there are various factors that trigger headaches. This includes illumination, patterns, and images in the computer. Also, poor posture contributes to the onset of headaches.

 

Stress

Prolonged computer use also increased the risk of people to stress. The hazards of computer use, plus poor health, job environment, and work pressure provide stress. It can also lead to poor concentration, weariness, and constant headaches. If the person cannot tolerate stress, it will lead to depression and more serious mental health disorders.

 

Obesity

The leading indicator of a sedentary lifestyle is the use of the computer for several hours. Approximately, 2.1 billion people or 30% of the world population are obese or overweight. The use of computer makes these people, especially children to be inactive, which will increase their risk to obesity and later on, to diabetes and heart disorders.

 

Repetitive Stress Injury

When you continue to stress your musculoskeletal parts, it may indicate repetitive stress injury. The most common parts affected of this are the neck, shoulder, and your fingers. Thus, it is important that computers users follow proper posture and the proper positioning of the computer, desk, and chair.

 

Radiation

Part of computers is radiation. Most computers have Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) on the monitor which emits X-ray radiation that is extremely bad for the health. Being exposed to radiation can increase one’s risk to cancer, migraines, insomnia, and tumors. It can also lead to miscarriage and birth defects. Most recently, scientists have found out that placing laptops in the lap affects male fertility. Computer radiation may not just decrease sperm count, but will also trigger skin irritation.

These are some of the reasons why you should regulate your use of computers.

 

 

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10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology 360x270 - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Being a parent in the digital era feels like you are obliged to provide your children a smartphone or any digital gadget. Technology changes how our children learn and develop. Through gadgets, they are exposed to various learning opportunities. On the other hand, overuse of technology provides negative health effects to our children.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children spend 8 hours a day just watching electronic screens. From 26% in 2012, children using tablets increased to 55% in 2016 (Influence Central, 2016).

As parents, you are responsible for regulating your children’s use of technology. Here are our ten ways on how to effectively manage your children’s exposure to gadgets:

 

Limit Screen Time

Limit Screen Time - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

 

Specify the time that you allow your parents to use smartphones and other devices. It is recommended that they use technologies for about two hours daily only. A study suggests that children like the idea of having a schedule for their phone use.

 

Engage Children in Physical Activities

Engage Children in Physical Activities - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Encourage your children to play outdoors with other children. This will prevent them from obesity and will improve their social skills, very essential for their development.

 

Make Sure They Sleep on Time

Make Sure They Sleep on Time - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

According to research, children should sleep about 10 hours a day. Make sure that they go to bed and sleep as early as 8 in the evening. Do not allow gadgets within their reach during sleep.

 

Monitor Their Digital Activities

Monitor Their Digital Activities - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Always monitor what your children watch on TV, apps they play on their tablets, and content they access on the internet so you can avoid them from violent and sexual contents.

 

Let them Practice the 20-20-20 Rule

Let them Practice the 20 20 20 Rule - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

It is important that they take a break from using technologies. Let them practice the 20-20-20 rule – take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and focus on anything about 20 feet away.

 

Don’t Let Gadgets Do the Babysitting

Don’t Let Gadgets Do the Babysitting - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Most parents now rely on smartphones to entertain their babies. However, exposing your toddlers to technologies at an early age affect their cognitive development and other areas of their health.

 

Use Gadgets with Good Lighting

Use Gadgets with Good Lighting - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Discourage them from using gadget at very poor lighting conditions. This will cause them computer eye syndrome or eye strains and even headaches. Make sure you enable the auto-brightness mode.

 

Educate them on the Consequences

Educate them on the Consequences - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

As parents, it is your primary duty to educate them about the health consequences of using technologies. Let them realize that real social interaction is still healthier than just looking at their tablets.

 

Consider Signing a Contract

Consider Signing a Contract - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Some parents also consider signing a contract with their children. The contract specifies the time or duration the children are allowed to access their smartphones and gadgets. If you need a guide, there are several cell phone contracts available on the web.

 

Spend Time with Your Children

Spend Time with Your Children - 10 Ways to Manage Your Children’s Use of Technology

Most importantly, do not ever lose time with your children. How your children grow depends on how you raise them. Be a responsible parent to have a responsible child.

 

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10 Ways Technologies Are Affecting Your Children’s Health

In this modern era, children are exposed to television, computers, smartphones, and gadgets at an early age. Technology is seen as a tool to aid their learning and development. According to Influence Central, the average age of children owning a smartphone is 10.3 years old. Tablets have been the most popular device among children. 64% percent of the total children population in the United States have access to the internet through their tablets.

Despite the ideal goal of gadgets for children, scientists and researchers warn on the possible negative effects of gadget use to children’s health.

Here are ten reasons why gadget use in children should be regulated:

 

Impaired Learning

According to Pagini (2010), overexposure to technologies, including smartphones, TV, and the internet has been associated with impaired learning among children. It also contributes to children developing increased impulsivity, speech development delay, and attention deficiency, among others.

 

Delayed Development

Small (2008) suggested that the use of technology in children promotes delay in their cognitive development. Children should be exposed to the real environment. Thus, gadgets are detrimental to children learning and development (Rowan, 2010).

 

Epidemic Obesity

Since children are busy with their gadgets, they are less exposed to physical activities, like playing outside or sports. According to a survey, one out of four children in the U.S. is obese because of their inactivity. They are at risk for an early heart attack.

 

Sleep Deprivation

According to a study, children spend 6 or more hours using their gadgets. 60% of parents do not restrict their children from using technology. With this, Kaiser Foundation (2010) found out that children are sleep deprived which affects their grades in school.

 

Mental Illness

The use of technology also increases the risk of children from acquiring mental illnesses, especially depression. Technology overuse may also contribute to the rising rates of children with attachment disorder, autism, bipolar disorder and more.

 

Computer Addiction

When children cannot control their use of technology, they are gradually entering the addiction phase. According to Gentile (2009), one in 11 children is addicted to technology. Less parental supervision on children contributes to their addiction.

 

Radiation Emission

Smartphones and other wireless devices are categorized by the World Health Organization as “2B risk” due to radiation emission. Thus, they issued a cautionary warning to parents to regulate the use of technology among children in 1 to 2 hours per day only.

 

Digital Dementia

Gadgets steal the attention of children. They lose responsiveness to the external environment. Thus, overuse of technology can contribute to attention deficiency and decrease in memory and concentration.

 

Anger Problem

TV and the internet are sources of violent media content. According to Anderson (2007), young children are exposed to sex, murder, rape, torture and other violent acts which causes them to develop aggression and anger problems.

 

Not Sustainable

Rowan (2010) suggests that technology is no longer sustainable for the children. With too much attention on gadgets, they lose vision for the future. They even cannot keep in touch with the real world.

As early as now, it is advised that parents supervise their children in using technologies.

 

 

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How Sitting All Day Decreases Your Life Span

If you think that smoking is the deadliest habit above all, think twice. Researchers have found out one thing that decreases your lifespan – sitting for hours. According to studies, sitting for longer periods of time is linked to a cluster of health conditions including obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood sugar, increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Based on a study, people who sit all day watching TV for seven hours and more have 61% greater risk of dying. Thus, any extended sitting like working in front of the desk can be very harmful.

Let us know the possible health hazards of sitting all day.

 

Heart Disease

During a prolonged sit, the muscles burn less fat and blood circulates poorly which allows fatty acids to clog the heart. According to a study, men who watch TV for more than 23 hours a week have 64% chance of dying than those who only watch TV for 11 hours.

 

Diabetes

Based on a 2011 study, prolonged sitting allows the pancreas to produce more and more insulin which can lead to diabetes. Research also suggests that even five days of lying in bed can increase an individual’s risk to diabetes. They have 112% high risk of type II diabetes.

 

Cancer

Overproduction of insulin encourages the growth of cancer cells, specifically colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. Other studies also suggest that prolonged sitting can be linked to the development of lung and uterine cancers.

 

Poor Brain Function

When we are sedentary, everything slows down including our brain function. The blood cannot circulate properly in the brain which helps in the production of mood-enhancing and brain chemicals.

Obesity

Without an active lifestyle, your body cannot burn the fats and sugars you eat. This will lead to increase in weight, the rise of cholesterol, and obesity. Even if you exercise but you still spend more time on sitting every day, you can still develop metabolic syndrome. According to research, an average person shall exercise 60 to 75 minutes per day to combat the hazards of prolonged sitting.

 

Venous Disease

Sitting all day long can cause blood clot formation in the veins of the lower body, especially the leg. This condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which can also lead to other disorders including pulmonary embolism and heart disorders. Excessive sitting can also interfere the regular blood flow and will lead to varicose veins or spider veins. They are benign and are usually dangerous. However, these can cause more serious venous diseases.

 

Musculoskeletal Problems

Chronic sitters rarely move their hip flexor muscles in front which cause them to shorten and tighten. Decreased mobility is the cause of fall. Sitting also affects the neck, back, and the shoulders in which they tend to sore and be strained.

 

Depression

The lack of physical activities and fitness may increase the risk of an individual to depression. Sitting causes mental and physical stress which can lead to depression. A study also suggests that prolonged sitting may be linked to the development of anxiety disorders.

 

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