Mrs. Penny Hartley
October 26, 2017
The Negative Effects of Technology on Children Technology has greatly influenced the way children learn, interact, and how they are entertained. Technology has directly impacted the way children think and feel. It can have both mental and physical effects on the body. There are plenty of positive outcomes with technology, but there are also plenty of negative ones. Technology can effect a person’s physical appearance, personal relationships, the way they think, and their social skills. It also affects the way it is used in the world today.
Technology can lead to long periods of staring at an electronic screen. Children who spend more time online, playing video games, or watching television tend to be far more obese than a child who plays outside during free time. Children who spend more time playing on electronics inside also tend to eat more snacks throughout the day than a child who is playing outside. Excess fat being consumed without exercise can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Less exposure to face-to-face interactions can lead to emotional problems and bullying in children.
Technology can also affect the relationships between parents and kids. Some parents now a days will hand their child a smart device just to stop the child from crying or pestering. They use technology to stall their child while they perform everyday tasks. In today’s world technology is being used as a type of pacifier
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There is a lot of concern about children using technology as TV, video games, and using cell phones to play or watch videos. Many people are against it, but other people are in favor of it. The biggest concern is about technology affecting the development process of children of 0 to 2 years old. Another concern is technology affecting older children in their behavior and physical and mental health. A lot of times obesity in children is blamed on technology as well. When referring to technology hardware, software and programs are included and it is true; technology can be a really big problem for children.
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As generations go by, we as humans are constantly introduced to new and improved technology. With a touch of a button, children today can view and access anything they desire within seconds. IPhones, iPads, tablets, and computers have had a rising amount of users, which has led to growth in social media usage. In fact, it has been stated by author of “Cyberbullying: CQR”, Thomas J. Billitteri, “More than 90 percent of teens are online. More than half of online teens have social networking sites” (388). Moreover, technology is thoroughly encouraged, even in schools for children of all ages. Those in elementary school learn through iPads instead of hardcover books, whereas high school or college students complete and submit assignments online, replacing hard copies. However, these technologies may not be as beneficial as society perceives. Children today have been negatively impacted by new technology through cyberbullying, addiction, distraction, and violence. Although cell phones and social media are extremely common, many are questioning whether these devices are helping or hindering this generation’s adolescents.
Tears spill over the crystal clear blue eyes of the blond little boy. Screaming at the top of his lungs, he shakes the dead iPad as if his life depends on playing Super Mario Run. Like this little boy, many children today are extremely familiar with and even dependent on technology. In the 1980s, children may have had Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Gameboys, but that does not compare to the smartphones, tablets, and game devices that exist today. Children, people under the age of eighteen, who grew up in the 80s had to suffice with playing with action figures or participating in activities such as board games, tag, and hopscotch. Although kids obviously still do these things today, technology has become a huge part of many of their lives. According to one magazine, 75% of children under the age eight use mobile devices (Fast Company). Technology can be beneficial when used for education; however, if not monitored by parents, children can become addicted. Children’s play has greatly shifted towards technology, and it can negatively affect their mental and physical health.
Herbert Hoover once said “children are our most valuable natural resource.” This is becoming less true as the changes of today’s society become less natural and more vulnerable as children become more reliant on technology. We do not live in a country where children develop their own forms of play, but instead they turn to a multitude of different devices to find entertainment.
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent or babysitter to watch a child, so they give the toddler a tablet or send him or her into a room to watch cartoons. Many factors come into play that causes the caregiver to let the child wander into the world of technology. Many individuals do so because it is the fastest and simplest way to remove the child out of their hair. The effects of technology do not only take a tole on toddlers but teenagers as well. Most of the effects take place during the ages of zero to eighteen because of the lack of brain development. However, they can also affect anyone beyond eighteen. Although it may be less time consuming to give a child a device to play with instead of reading or drawing with them, the effects of too much screen time may sway the public to reconsider the way their child’s extra time is being used.
Technology varies widely from one decade to the next. The invention of the television increased the usage technology during the 80s. While the invention of computers rose the use of technology in the 90s. Once seen as an improvement to the society, technology has now become a problem. Numerous versions of technology now exist to create technological distractions. Computers, cell phones, and video games stand the leading distractions in today’s society. Technology began small but, with great advancements technology has gone too far. Youth remain greatly affected by technology. Since technology has become a normal routine for youth, they fail to realize the problem occurring. Older individuals who grew up without as much technology, can point out the issue easily. Technology affects today’s youth negatively because it distracts, promotes violence, and lowers independence.
Technology nowadays is more accessible than ever before because younger and younger children are being given this technology to use this is not the child’s fault though the parents of the kids are the ones giving them access to these devices, while this is helpful for the children’s development of their ICT skills for the future, which is now more than ever in the job market going into the future. It has detrimental effects on family relations and the majority of children would much rather talk to their friends online than to talk with their family. It is not only mobile phones and such that have a detrimental effect on families, some television shows parents in a bad light. Parents of these children try to overcome this divide not by trying to communicate with their children face to face, but by accessing these social media platforms for themselves (Around 50% of parents) and keeping track of what their kids are doing through that method, which would be an effective technique. That is if their children will accept their parents' friend requests or follows, this is especially a problem in the teenage years when the kids are trying to push their parents away. This is a prime example of how social networks and the technology that allows it creates a communication gap in the families of today’s world. This issue is also made worse as many parents have little to no skills in the use of technology, which is obviously a stumbling block when it comes to even setting up the accounts
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