Virtual Reality (VR) headsets have become a very popular item for teens and pre-teens. Users can simply download virtual reality apps onto their smartphone and place the phones into specially designed headsets that transform the viewer into a three-dimensional, virtual world. While technology is an amazing experience, some are raising concerns about whether or not it is safe for children.
Most VR headsets products have recommendations for use in place. These usually include a minimum age of either ages 12 or 13 and older. Other manufacturers suggest children only use them while under adult supervision and most suggest taking breaks every 30 minutes when using these products. When trying to determine why these warnings are in place, the answers aren’t so clear. The most logical answer is that these advisories are precautionary since the technology is so new that there is not enough information on whether or not there are any health concerns.
One of the most common concerns being asked is what the consequences of wearing VR headsets can have on a child’s eyesight. The reason some believe it can lead to problems with vision is that the process of creating a 3-D illusion in a VR headsets requires that the eyes focuses on objects differently than they would in the real world. Others believe that using VR headsets can actually help diagnose ocular disorders when the user is unable to view objects in the headset correctly.
Like all new technology, it is best to carefully read the manufacturers suggestions and follow them accordingly.
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