Technology today has become an integral part of children’s lives. Increasing use of technology by children has changed the way they grow up. Nowadays, children are less likely to be found playing on the streets or in the park; they would rather spend time glued to smart phones, video games, television and so on. Gone are the days when, for children, evenings used to be a time for playing with friends, weekend meant an outing with family, or being able to play games used to be a reason to attend school.
According to the Huffington Post, children now rely more on technology to solve their problems than using creativity and imagination. The introduction of technology in almost every aspect of children’s lives has also limited their optimal sensory and motor development. Movement, touch, human connection, and exposure to nature are critical factors that ensure healthy development of a child. But with increasing dependence on technology, leading to a sedentary lifestyle, children now are more susceptible to delays in developmental milestones, behavioural problems like attention deficit disorder, childhood obesity, coordination disorder, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. The list goes on.
As a parent, you need to be aware of the adverse impact of excessive use of technology on your child’s life. Limiting the usage of technology at home and encouraging your child to indulge in activities that lead to physical and psychological stimulation would help her in learning and achieving better in school. Even the late Steve Jobs had mentioned how he limited the use of technology by his children. He made a point of having dinner at the big, long, table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things; no one ever pulled out an iPad or a computer.
To know more about the effects of technology on children, flip through the ClipBook.
If you enjoyed reading the ClipBook and found it helpful, please do click on the ‘Like’ button.
Ask most teenagers if they would switch off and hand over their smartphone or gaming console for a week and they’d probably look at you bemused and ask “why?”.
Parents have a love-hate relationship with firsts. But few firsts generate more ambivalence than the first cellphone. How should parents handle this transition? Some discuss freedom and responsibility, hand over the device, then respond as situati...
The exploitation of a new communicative environment has positive effects on the brains of our youth. Conversely, other experts including industry leaders, scientists and scholars, believe the intrusion of technology on our lives may hinder contemp...
Here’s a look at six physiological mechanisms that explain electronics’ tendency to produce mood disturbance.
Being a teenager now is very different than it was in 1995. While most teenagers spent their free time watching a little TV in the 90s, there were far fewer screens to put in front of their faces. A social network was the group of friends you hung...
Ask any parent. Stories involving constant texting, silent carpools, and disturbing missives hitting the inbox at 2 a.m. have become commonplace. Teens and their phones are attached at the hip--or palm.
It may come as something as a surprise to learn Apple’s former CEO didn’t believe in letting his kids use some of his company’s greatest products – the iPhone and the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home,” said Jobs way back in...
According to The New York Times, some Silicon Valley parents—including the chief technology officer of eBay and execs from Google and Apple—are doing a 180 and sending their kids to the area's decidedly low-tech Waldorf school.
Is your child facing cyber bullying? And you don’t have a clue what it is and how you can protect your kid from such bullies?
In an age with more methods than ever to talk online, researchers are now studying whether this is changing the way people communicate.
The book, 'It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens' debunks some of the simplistic myths about teens and technology that we often find in the popular media or hear in conversations among adults.