Children use a lot of technology. They use technology whether they are using social media, using a learning program, or reading an electronic book. The truth is, that there are more positives than negatives when children use technology. There is fear that if children use too much technology they will not have proper development especially cognitively. This paper will show how technology can benefit a child’s cognitive development.
As our generations and technological world has vastly began to develop and expand rapidly, a repeated debate of whether technology use for young babies and children is beneficial or harmful to the physical and cognitive development of the child. As research has taken place to determine more answers around this topic, experts and parents from all different generations cast their opinion on the matter.
According to a 2010 Kaiser Foundation study, which involved elementary children, concluded that on average 75 percent of parents allowed their children to have bedroom TV’s, North American households keep their TV’s on for 50 percent of the day, and use 7.5 hours of technology entertainment per day (Rowan). Technology is becoming a problem throughout the United States, especially in elementary aged kids. Parents are introducing technology as early as infants so that they understand certain information at an early age. When parents introduce technology at such an early age they are giving their children the advantage to be addicted to the wonders of it. Young children are at a high risk of brain damage with the advancement of technology. The more adults introduce technology to younger children the higher the chances of problems it causes. Technology has a negative effect on younger children and should have limitations on the age in which it is being introduced.
Increasingly, there is a large dependence on technology today as opposed to ten or twenty years ago. Technology has changed a lot of how life is lived today. It affects shopping, job seeking employment opportunities, entertainment and academics. There is no doubt that technology has set its foundation and is here to stay. One area in which the effects of technology can be clearly noted is in the lifestyle of children. The addiction to technology by children today has increased over the years. This is clearly seen in the developmental progress of children today. This dependence has greatly influenced how children
In today’s society we are overwhelmed with technology. Technology is changing everyday, and will forever be a staple in our lives. The effect that technology has on our children has brought on some concerns and some praises. Children these days have no choice but to some how be influenced by the ever growing technology in our societies. Our common concern has been that although digital technology has boosted children’s talent for multitasking, their ability to process information deeply may be deteriorating (Carpenter, 2010). Many people have a wide range of opinions on if technology is having a positive influence on our children or a negative, there is a vast amount of evidence to support both of these arguments. Technology can refer to
Television, computers, cellphones, and daycare are all relatively new inventions that play a significant role in the modern child’s development. All three of these inventions have both negative and positive impacts on development. For example, children use technology for the majority of their play. This hinders the use of their imagination and creativity. Technology also causes children to be more sedentary leading to children missing developmental milestones.
My research project was inspired by my love of children and the many times I have observed children using technology. From this experience I noticed many young children are extremely familiar with technology and the use of technology can have both positive and negative effects on them. As I have researched into this topic, I have learnt there are many beneficial and harmful implications of technological use for children. A finding I have come across on multiple occasions is children should not be using or be in contact with any technology whilst they are under the age of 2. A positive implication includes using technology for educational reasons as opposed to entertainment purposes. Using technology for entertainment or for long periods of time can negatively affect the child psychologically. A key point from my research has lead me to understand technology can have a huge impact on a child’s mental, physical and emotional health. (154 words)
This previous research, such as that of Dr. Arc Sigman as well as Jerome and Dorothy Singer, is conclusive that parents and educators must be careful with children and their time spent in front of screens. Dr. Sigman studies the issue from a biological standpoint, discussing the mental and physical effects of technology on children (Sigman, 2012).
Many studies and observations have been made on how technology can negatively affect a child’s physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, values, educational development and relationships. The results of these studies found technology exposure can be linked to childhood obesity, behavioral problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, coordination disorder, unintelligible speech, developmental delays, learning difficulties, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, poor physical activity and poor school performance.
Technology has brought us nothing more than negativity toward people. The first effect is health. technology affects individuals' exercises; so children become lazier and are most likely not motivated to work out. Along these lines, numerous health issues like obesity are brought about by the effects of technology. The second impact is communication. Ironically children don't have the chance to socialize with each other in person. They’re wasting their time using electronics instead of exploring the world and developing human nature. In addition, individuals lean toward using communication devices than collaborating in person.
Today everyone is using technology no matter how old they are. Ever since technology came out, it has been stapled to our lives forever. Today, a toddler of 12 months of age is spending hours using technology. There are lots of controversies whether technology is good or bad for our children. Many say technology can affect our children social skills, while others state that technology benefits our children because technology can be a resourceful way of helping children learn a variety of skills. It is hard to decide whether is good or bad to exposed our children to technology. What many people should realize, is that our children can use technology but to a certain extent.
Technology can be positive towards a child’s development. If the child learns how to not take advantage of the technology given, then having them use it won't be a problem. However, what if the child does take advantage of the technology? DeLoatch explains, “Using technology can change a child’s brain.” Children who dependably using search engines may turn out to be great at discovering data, but not great at recollecting it. Moreover, children who utilize an excessive amount of technology might not have enough chances to utilize their creative ability or to peruse and contemplate the material. “Using technology,” explains DeLoatch, “can affect a child’s ability to empathize.” Abuse of technology can likewise influence a child’s own particular
Technology has become something that people today cannot seem to survive without. Our society relies on technology to do everything for us. Technology has its advantages and can be very helpful to people in their everyday life, but it also has its fair share of disadvantages. Due to the advance in technology, people in our society today are being faced with potentially harmful problems such as developmental issues in children as they age, people are beginning to lack social skills, and children’s everyday behavior is worsening.
According to Bronfenbrenner child development occurs through multiple interactive activities between the child, the people in the surrounding, objects and other symbols within the environment. For the development process to work efficiently, these interactions should occur periodically and in a sequential manner. The primary setting for a child’s development is his/her family, where they spend the most time, and their emotions are influenced. The current technology is affecting children’s development in a negative way because both the children and family members spend much time on screen and the internet hindering regular interactions which may improve their development. Also, according to Richard Lou’s phrase “nature deficit disorder,” children
My guiding question for the research project was, “Does the use of technology to entertain children help or hinder their social development?” My interest in this topic was triggered by the previous research project that was carried out in year 10. That project had a lot to do with human health and the factors that affect that, so I decided to explore that in further depth using a different topic. Technology is becoming an increasingly more central aspect of people’s lives and hence it is an issue in society. I wanted to explore this topic and gain knowledge, which could then be used to share with others who are concerned about the problem. My research was carried out mostly through secondary sources from the Internet and a primary source, which was an observation. The key findings from my research were gathered and presented in the form of a report. In the report it was substantiated that my research question wasn’t fully answered, and the effect tablets/smartphones has on brain development were the main findings. Tablets/smartphones have a significant impact on children’s health and can lead to many physical, psychological and behaviour disorders.