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Change is inevitable and the only Constant. Over the years, there has been an exponential growth in the technology and it is hard not to be stunned by how it seems to have taken our lives. Not only the adults have welcomed this technological change with open hearts but it is as much as the part of a child’s life as the air he breathe in!
The effects of technology on children are complicated, with both positives & negatives. Whether technology helps or hurts in the development of your child’s development depends on what specific technology is used, how it is used and how frequently it is used. At least early in his life, you have the power to dictate your child’s relationship with technology and, as a result, its influence on him. Before deciding upon the what, how & when to use, let’s analyse the content mix of positive and negative effects of it on our child's development & thinking.
1.) The Way Children Think :
Technology affects the way children think. Children who always use search engines may become very good at finding information but not very good at remembering it. They are learning to retain less knowledge in their brains by knowing where the Information can be found.
The Same technology allows them to engage in more “higher-order” processing such as contemplation, critical thinking, and problem solving by knowing where the Information can be found and thus, enabling their capacity to identify details among the clutter.
2.) The Way Children Feel :
Using technology can affect a child’s ability to empathize. Children might have difficulty developing social skills and emotional reactions. Overuse of technology can also affect a child’s own mood.
The Same technology open the child’s Window to the World . It provides children with endless possibilities of what they can be. They can explore & enhance their knowledge, skills & themselves.
3.) Can Put Privacy and Safety at Risk :
Children who use technology may unwittingly share information that can put them in danger.
The Same technology is being used for their safety too. The importance of IP Cameras, CCTV , etc , while the child is away, can't be denied.
More usage of technology with less physical activities leads to Obesity. With technology that includes cars, television, computers and mobile devices, the amount of time we spend sedentary increased and our time in physical activity has significantly dropped.
The Same technology fosters learning and cognitive development not yet developed in young children. It increases their visual-spatial capabilities.
The ability of a child to learn to consistently focus lays the foundation for almost all aspects of his growth and is fundamental to his development into successful and happy person.His exposure to technology can’t be avoided but the big question is How to address the Negatives associated with it??? Is there any way out by which we can make usage of its positivity and at the same time address the negative side too???? I say “Yes”, there is!
Personal tablets are changing the way we connect with Content & with Each Other. Micromax Canvas Tabby is a device that addresses the negatives of technology and provides parents with all the probable solutions.
Its features Include but not limited to the following:
You can monitor the Usage of Technology by your child not only in terms of Content but span too. It provides Parental Controls of the above in addition to the Progress Reports of the Child’s activities on various Applications to actually know what the child’s growth is in terms of learning & creativity through these applications. It pleases both the Child & the Parent. The child will love it for the freedom he gets along with enjoyment while the Parents will love it for the Control they get along with the learning & development of their Child.
The bottom line is that too much screen time and not enough other activities will result in your children having their brains directed in ways that may make them less, not more, prepared to thrive in this crazy new world of technology. While no one can argue the benefits of advanced technology in today's world, knowledge regarding its detrimental effects, and action taken towards balancing the use of it with critical factors for development, will work toward sustaining our children.
‘This article is an entry to the contest ‘Technology and my young Genius’ by Micromax Canvas Tabby. Click here to find out more about the Tabby www.thetabby.in’
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