a boy and a girl sitting back to back using their smartphones

New Delhi, Mar 23: Around 23.8 per cent of children use smartphones while they are in bed before going to sleep and 37.15 per cent of children have experienced reduced levels of concentration due to smartphone use as per a study, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the Meity does not have any specific information on Internet addiction in children but cited data from a study done by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on “Effects (Physical, Behavioral and Psycho-Social) of using Mobile Phones and other devices with internet accessibility by children”.

“As per the study, 23.80 per cent of children use smartphones while they are in bed, before going to sleep which increases with age and 37.15 percent of children, always or frequently, experience reduced levels of concentration due to smartphone use,” Chandrasekhar said.

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