PSYCHOLOGY

14-Month-Old Toddler Bought A Car On Ebay While Playing With His Dad's Phone

Date September 28, 2018

In the modern world, most households are filled with electronic devices, like tablets and smartphones. At 4 years old, many children already have their own cellphones. Interestingly, almost all children use mobile devices before turning 1.

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However, sometimes giving your child to play with your smartphone can lead to unexpected results.

A 14-month-old car owner

Like most kids in our days, 14-month-old Sorella Stoute was given her father’s smartphone to spend time playing. It’s seemed like an innocent thing to do until one day the father, Paul Stoute, received an email from eBay saying that he became an owner of a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite and requesting a payment. Paul comments:

I actually thought it was a phishing email – one of those where people try to steal your information, that kind of thing. I actually looked it up on eBay just to make sure it was legit and sure enough, the little one must've bought a car.

Little Sorella can’t say 'car' yet, but she has already got herself $225 vehicle with an eBay’s app. Her dad immediately contacted the seller to see if he can get out of this deal and, luckily, the seller was ok with it.

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Why you should consider a different approach

In Sorella’s case, fortunately, the parents were able to get out of paying, but stories like that happen quite often. While this is a common thing, here are the reasons why you shouldn’t give your child a smartphone:

1. It can change your relationship

Children before the age of 2 are learning how to bond emotionally with their parents through a parent’s touch, voice, and play. But when a child spends too much time staring at the screen, their neural pathways change which prevents them from having deep personal relationships and affects their concentration.

2. It can become their first addiction

If children develop an addiction to an electronic device, they will through tantrums when you take it away, no matter of the age. But pacifying them with a smartphone or tablet isn’t a great idea too as they won’t learn the internal mechanisms of self-regulation.

3. It can lead to mental illness

Cyberbullying is a big problem nowadays. There are many ways online that can make any child or teen feel uncomfortable in their own bodies. Spending too much time playing with electronic devices can contribute to child depression, anxiety, and many other psychological disorders.

What do you think about kids using too much technology?

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