We live in a technologically-advanced age, and to be ignorant of the realities and implications of this is simply unwise. A lot has been written about the pros and cons of technology, but these discussions are often aimed at adults. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how technology affects younger children. This will help you ensure that the benefits of technology are maximized for your child while the negative effects are limited.
A good place to start is getting a proper understanding of the impact of technology on your child’s development. The following post examines this in detail:
How much does technology affect our children’s development?
As we live in a world where technology is thriving, our children are having to embrace it as they grow up. But as a parent myself and an advocate of using technology to our advantage, I wanted to better understand what level of impact technology is having on our children’s development or better yet how much technology affects children’s development?
It was a different world in the 90s
There is little doubt that we live in a very different world from when I was a child growing up. I remember Christmas in 1990 when I was 6 years old watching TV on a rather antiquated and unintelligent box, or a film using a bulky VHS tape player whilst my Dad recorded the family video with a 90’s Panasonic video recorder. We all used to sit around and talk to each other or play board games that required imagination and social interaction. Read more at Eleven…
While you can’t control all the negative effects of technology on your child, you can take an active role in ensuring that a healthy balance is achieved when using it in its various forms.
An interesting recent discovery shows the importance of traditional learning methods, such as learning or reading, vis-à-vis technology. The following post describes how the two compare:
Reading to children ‘more effective than technology at boosting science skills’
Parents must put down the electronic tablets and start reading to their children if they want them to be successful in the world of tech and science.
Reading books to children has a far more profound effect on learning than letting them play with electronic tablets, according to Dr Shane Bergin, physicist, lecturer and researcher in science education at University College Dublin (UCD).
He said many parents made the mistake of assuming that just because a child had a tablet, they were learning about tech, or even playing with educational apps. And children are growing up in an environment where older family members are regularly glued to technology. Read more at Independent…
Scientific skills cannot be acquired by prolonged hours of looking at even technical programs. There is an aspect of apprenticeship that is lost to screen addicts. One has to actually learn by doing.
However, there are educational resources that can be accessed through the use of the internet and other gadgets and they should not be discarded. The following post gives insight on the type of tech use that needs to be regulated:
We Were Wrong About Limiting Children’s Screen Time
How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.
For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has told parents to limit their child’s screen time to no more than two hours per day, whether that time is spent in front of a television, tablet computer, laptop, or mobile phone. What’s more, the AAP made virtually no mention of age, or the kind of content that should be limited, issuing a simplified blanket approach to media use.
In a series of papers published today in the science journal Pediatrics, it’s clear that the AAP has significantly revised its thinking on the matter, breaking down media use according to all these criteria. And to support parents with these new recommendations, the AAP has published an interactive, online tool that families can use to create a personalized Family Media Use Plan. Read more at Gizmodo…
As you create your personalized plan for media use, it is important to occupy the rest of your child’s time with meaningful activities. You could even allow them to get bored sometimes, as it helps them get creative with their free time.
One way of doing this is ensuring that you enroll your child in a preschool that will harness all of your child’s abilities. At Spanish For Fun, we do exactly that. We have a holistic program that is designed to grow your child intellectually, socially, physically and even emotionally.
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