IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY ON DEVELOPING CHILDREN

Technology is good, no doubt. But I became a pitfall when people began to depend heavily on in it.Children are the very factors susceptible to the negative impacts technology has on people.In other to understand the

problems children of this recent century are facing, I made an effort to find out what had changed in the past years while we were growing up and I did get my answer, we got technology.Because parents are trying

keep pace with the drastic changes of these recent times, they’ve forgotten how things used to be before technology took over.Few centuries ago, children used to play outside building forts, riding bikes and

playing sports.They were creative and most of the games they played were imaginary.Then, playing didn’t require costly equipment or parental supervision.Children of the old time moved... a lot, and their sensory

world was not as complicated as it is now.During the good old times, children expected to meet regularly even if that family time was spent doing chores.Families also had a central place- the dining room. That was

where every member of the family gathered to eat and also discuss about their day.But today, it has become very hard to find those moments we were privileged to have.I wanted to know how much impact

DISINTEGRATION OF CORE VALUES

Most of the values we held dear have disintegrated over the years due to technology.I do not think these children even understand the meaning of core values.These values were the heart and soul of every family because it held the family together.But these core family values are daily being destroyed by the impact of technology, sadly most people do not see how it affects families of the 21st century.Some of these core values are Juggling work, home and community lives.Most parents now dependcompletely on communication, information and transportation technology to make their lives easier and well-organized. Entertainment technology e.g. TV, internet, videogames, iPhones and ipads has advanced so fast, that families have barely noticed the major impact and alterations to their family structure and their way of life.A research was done by Kaiser Foundation in the year 2010 and the study showed that basic aged children use about an average 8 hours per day on these entertainment technology I mentioned above.85% of the children used as a case study have TV's in their bedrooms, and 55% of North American homes have the TV on all day. Including emails, cell phones, internet surfing, and chat lines and we begin to see the pervasive aspects of technology on our home lives and family environment. The dining room conversation we enjoyed before has now been replaced by the "big screen" and take outs.Children on this new era now depend solely on technology for the majority of their play. We now have the online soccer games, play stations etc. We no longer have children who are creative or whose playing technique was imaginary.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHANGES

This is another impact technology has on developing children.The impact technology has on developing children is not limited to disintegration of core values only.It has also taken a toll on their physical and mental bodies.As well as restricting necessary challenges to their bodies in order achieve optimal sensory and motor development. Sedentary bodies bombarded with chaotic sensory stimulation, are resulting in delays in attaining child developmental signs.Withensuing impact on basic foundation skills for achieving literacy, children of this new age are entering school struggling with self-regulation and attention skills required for learning which in turn makes the children exhibit some significant behavior management problems. This of course is usually a big problem for teachers in the classroom.

PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS

Biologically the developing children’s motor system has not developed overtime to accommodate these changes and development.The impact of the fast growing technology definitely has its effects on the physical and psychological behavior of children which is just being detected by medical and health experts Technology may seem fascinating, interesting and stress free but it doesn’t mean that all our problems have been miraculously solved, in fact it has done nothing but aggravate the situation of things.The current records

increasing rapidly everyday especially in US and Canada.Other diseases like depression, anxiety disorder, sleep disorder, coordination disorder and many other has been closely linked to the continuous use of technology.The terrible thing about these diseases is that they are spreading widely and fast.Parents should realize that if the usage of technology is not limited, the end result can be devastating and irreversible.Therefore they need to look at the critical factors for meeting developmental signs, and the ensuing impact of technology on

factors would help people understand the difficulties of these problems It will help deduce strategic solutions on how to deal with these problems before it gets out of hand and also how to reduce the use of technology.The factors responsible for the healthy psychological and physical development are touch, movement and connection to other humans.They are all types of necessary sensory input that are important to every developing child’s motor systems. When these factors are taken away, the outcome might not be a good one.

ADDICTION

Most developing children can hardly do without technology because they’ve been brought up to be very dependent on them.We have two year old children who can operate smartphones very well yet parents do not see how dangerous that is.In fact they encourage it.Most parents can’t communicate effectively with their children right from the very day they were born.For example cereals and other canned foods has replaced breast feeding which is a form of tactile communication.Baby carrier and strollers has taken over carrying of babies.

CONCLUSION

Parents should curb the excess usage of technology by their children.I’m not saying ‘deprive them’, but make effort to make sure they do not revolve around technology.Doing that will avert experiencing some of the problems I stated above.

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Ann Hathaway is the CEO of Inflinx Inc. She offers products, workshops and training to improve child health and enhance academic performance. Annhas designed some products for elementary children to address the rise in developmental delays, behavioural disorders, and technology overuse.

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