When it comes to tech, kids these days are ahead in the game. They’re swiping and scrolling and learning in ways that hadn’t even existed years, and in some cases months, ago. So it’d be unreasonable and very unrealistic not to admit to all that technology is affecting around you.
A quick example : The mere fact that you are reading this proves my point. So let’s delve right into it and see what result could possibly come from it for our kids.
Technology, when used correctly, can actually have a very positive effect on a child’s development. Studies have found that our ability to identify key information buried within a cluster of characters and visual stimuli (advertisements) has increased as technology has become more integrated in our lives.
TECHNOLOGY IMPACT ON CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
How many parents remember growing up hearing, “too much television will rot your brain?” While too much of anything can be bad for you, the real concern that parents should have regarding their child’s use of technology is how it can impact their behavior.
Technology is an ever present part of our daily lives and the amount of time we spend interacting with our personal technology devices is only increasing as we feel the need to stay connected. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to prevent our young children from also desiring these interactions. In short we shouldn’t seek to prevent but healthy ways to aid use them.
No one cares more about your child’s well-being and success than you do. In today’s digitally-fueled times, that means guiding him or her not just in the real world but in the always-on virtual one as well. Teach your children to use technology in a healthy way and pick up the skills and habits that will make them successful digital citizens.
From 2-year-olds who seem to understand the iPad better than you to teenagers who need some (but not too much) freedom.
So here are a couple of ways to make your kids and you enjoy technological advancements amicably:-
-Aim For Balance: It’s clear that technology is here to stay and the world is becoming only more digitally driven. In many ways, that’s a good thing. Technology can be empowering for kids of all ages, with tools that help children learn in fun and engaging ways, express their creativity and stay connected to others. Children who are tech-savvy will also be better prepared for a workforce that will be predominantly
In general, though, if your family can reap the benefits of technology without feeling many of the harmful effects and you feel confident in how your children are using technology, you’ve likely found balance.
-Be a role model
Technology’s irresistible pull draws in parents as much as it does kids. We check our phones every hour, log late hours working or surfing the internet on our laptops, binge watch our favorite shows, and even engage in dangerous “distracted walking.” Children are likely to not only copy our behavior, but they also feel like they have to compete with devices for our attention. Nearly half of parents in one study reported technology interfering with interactions with their child three or more times on a typical day.
-Set boundaries for work time and family time. A few key times to stay unplugged include:
When picking up or dropping children at school, as this is a transitional time for them”
After coming home from work, as that’s time to reconnect with your family
During meals, including when dining out
During outings like trips to the park or zoo, or vacations when the focus is on family time.
Sounds good? I’m sure it does, as well as practicable. Let’s all together do the needful for technology is here to stay.