These days, kids can operate smartphones, play games on a gaming console, browse the internet and listen to music a few years after just being born. Look around you, and there would be a kid playing around with his dad’s phone or tablet, or rocking it out on an mp3 player. Technology is a thing used by kids during varied situations, whether if it’s for school, play or in the event that parents want to communicate with them.
There are infinite benefits that can be told from using technology: Learning benefits like research, educational games, and speech skills. TV’s offer educational programs (documentaries etc.). Video games also improve skills such as physical skills as well as hand and eye coordination. But as you know, too much technology in a kid’s system also has its disadvantages. Here are some of the disadvantages and reasons why we should limit technology for children (well, at least until the right time . . .).
You should limit technology to children because (of):
1. Too much technology means less physical activity
Because of the video games that they keep playing every single day, these children will become less interested on doing physical activities with children their own age. This might lead to child obesity if unattended.
2. Schoolwork might get interfered
Studies show that children overexposed to technology seem to have less interest in getting high grades and going to school itself.
3. It may lead to children becoming antisocial
Using too much technology means having less interaction with the people around you. Families are having a hard time spending good quality time with each other, especially if everyone seems to be “on line”. Parents should avoid this too. Find ways to enjoy each family member’s company playing video games instead and sometimes just go “offline” and interact more with each other.
Kids are sleeping less and playing more
Busy kids often encounter this: more homework plus sports on weekends leads to more electronic stimulation (watching tv, playing games) to release stress. Other times they wake up and would spend hours in the computer right away playing games missing breakfast.
Kids will tend to have shorter attention span
Kids already have short attention span; and with more and more time logged on to technology and games, expect them to do much worse. Attention problems can be encountered when kids watch too much TV or browse the internet for long periods of time
Unprotected access to adult advertising and inappropriate content
Most of the shows and commercials on TV depict too much violence and sexuality as well as alcohol/drug use that can be too much for children. Commercials are designed make the youth desire these items.
Less screen time can be the solution to these problems. Encourage your children to explore outdoors or to interact with people around them to lessen their use of technology. Connecting with the school that your child is going to can also help, as the school might put rules around them to prohibit the use of technology when it is not needed. Game consoles, TVs, etc., can also be kept on places where parents can see them access it in order to control the child’s screen time.