Essay on How Technology has Impacted Parenting

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Ever feel vanquished in the shifting, forever changing worlds of technology and mass media? Most parents today work hard trying to find a balance between trying to keep up, and staying ahead of what their children are doing. Between devices like cell phones, iPods, and other music players that have access to the Internet, game systems as great as yesterdays computers, and with all of this exposure to mass media, how can you be sure your child is being exposed to suitable content? As kids get older, too much screen time can intervene with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, playing with others, and being with family. Although, teens are not alone, grown-ups are not much different than adolescents in…show more content…
As once stated, because children are being exposed to so much, there are hazards like: lack of physical activity, exposure to adult themes and content, and lack of interaction with family and peers. “Most people agree that technology from computers to cell phones to iPods has impacted every aspect of being a child” (Gensneimer). “Perie calls it a tool that can be used to build or destroy; she says children now have exponential choices” (Johnson). For the most part is true because there are more risks than there are benefits. Most parents are clueless to what their children are doing on the internet or on their cell phones because technology has found away to cut out the middle man which are parents, and need to understand that media has a influence on everything they are concerned about in their child’s growth and development such as the way they perform in school, learning abilities, sexual role, and aggressive behavior. Needless to say parents work hard to keep their children from harm, but they think nothing of taking their child to an R-rated movie or allowing them to play violent video games. They are trying to cut the junk food out of their diets while their kids gorge on junk media. Moreover, “spending an average of 53 hours a week with media and technology this generation spends more time on gadgets than other activities including school, family, sports, and even sleep” (Dowsnen). Likewise, to prevent your teens or young children from
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