The first blog post talked about what technology is and how we cannot live without technology since it is everything not created by nature. This blog will talk specifically about new technologies (phones, computers, tablets) and how in today’s society, it nearly impossible to live without it. Technology has played a big role in changing the way our children learn, get entertained, how they interact with friends, it has impacted their level of creativeness, and how they behave in society. In most homes, there is at least one, if not all, types of new technology such as phone, tablets and computers available and within the children’s reach. Ramey (2013), explains that children use more technology today compared to children in 1990.
Because new technology is a huge part of children’s lives in today’s society, it is crucial that we take a look at and understand the positive and negative impacts of it. There are many benefits of screen time and the use of devices with children. New technology can help children with special needs by allowing non-verbal children to communicate using the electronic devices. Devices support cognitive development by helping children academically (reading, math etc.). They are a fun, engaging and interactive pass-time. With the use of handheld devices, children are developing their fine motor skills by using their fingers to manipulate and choose what they want. They have access to explore anything that is interesting to them (for example, dinosaurs). These devices able children to learn varieties of languages and can be used as a translation tool. And lastly, it gives children the ability to connect with families overseas.
On the contrary, screen and device time can cause a lack of social interaction and engagement in child’s environment (for example, family and friends). Physical health concerns such as weight gain due to lack of gross motor movement. These devices can be addictive and can be a large distraction from tasks. Also lately, parents use these digital devices as a tool to control a child’s behaviour and over time, this will cause a strain on the eyes. Lastly, with children exposed to new technology, there is very easy assess to inappropriate content such as sexual violence.
Our society is full of technology and raising kids in this in the digital age while maintaining a healthy balance between technology and children can be difficult. Macdonell (2017), suggests that parents just need to know that balance is key when it comes to the use of new technology. It is not bad to give our children technological tools like iPads, video games, computers, etc., but it is our role as parents/caregivers/educators to guide them on how to use this technology and also set limits on when to use them. (Word Count: 460).