I think it is more important to educate children rather than diverting their attention. You can only succeed in diverting their attention for some time. What about the rest of the time when children have access to computing devices and all the nefarious activities that they have access to?
Parents must communicate with their children and must discuss pros and cons of things with them. Use examples to educate them. Shielding them from the ills that they are susceptible to is only a temporary remedy. Parents must prepare children so they can differentiate between what is good and what is bad for them. Children have to be taught to watch out for themselves.
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I observed with some parents giving away cell phone to children to avoid disturbance from them to the works of the parents. No. we should not give phones who are going to schools. If at all you want to give an ordinary cell which will not have other features except phoning.
From the young age itself if we engage children in small small works they will also become responsible and try to help the parents. Giving birth is not the only duty, shaping them as responsible citizens also is the responsibility of parents
So it is better children should be keep away from cell games.
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In their studies also they need be given freedom to develop their own method of learning. While going for extra reading make sure the materials selected are good for them. These days several materials, both print as well as computer materials, are to be checked before the same is made available to them.
Using smartphones by children must be discouraged, since it has already been established that it will take them to wrongs.
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The best way is to take them with us when we do some household chores and give them some small small matters, which they can do without strain as per their age. Then when they may feel bored after sometime, allow them to play with their toys or do some imaginary acting etc as per their free will. We may give them appreciations and give some token rewards to motivate them.
If we do not engage ourselves in cell games , or we do not give them cell and ask them to play games with that and not to disturbs, children will take up various engagements including household chores.
Much depends on how we behave, how we understand them and channelise them.