Is Technology Hurting Children More Than Helping? (by Brittany Meglan, 11946)

Introduction

Over the past couple months I have been volunteering at the daycare I work at. It has been amazing seeing the kids progress with the simply games and activities I have been doing with them. I have noticed that some kids learn differently and not every learning style is the same. I do believe technology has become an issue with the kids though. Some of the staff and even parents have been relying on television and smart devices for the kids to either learn or just to keep occupied.

The Research

Resource 1: What You Didn’t Know Technology was Doing to Your Kids by Erin Barta

http://startempathy.org/blog/2012/06/what-you-didnt-know-technology-was-doing-your-kids

Writes a blog on the difference between now and years ago how kids were with technology being apart of the picture it is different. In not only school but as well as personality.“Because kids are so frequently plugged in and tuned out, there is an increasing lack of face-to-face communication. Children and young people have fewer opportunities to make eye contact, read facial expressions, and interpret body language and tone of voice. Such simple actions and interactions really do build empathy, and the fact that technology decreases them–and, so the studies show, decrease empathy–is a reminder that empathy is a skill to be fostered and practiced.” This is just another example of children having issues with not only communication problems, but being able to pay attention long term. There has been multiple times where I have talked to my little brother and when he pulls his phone out during our conversation I take his phone away. Not only does this affect someone emotionally but is cannot physically by constantly looking at a device your attention is not where is should be or it could damage your back, neck and spine by slouching and having your neck curved.

I had one boy actually steal my phone and he knew how to do the password and get to the apps, but can’t spell his name out loud. Another little girl knows how to download the apps on a phone, but she cannot write her name. These are things that should concern us as teachers, parents or role modules. These are just the some of the personal experiences I have had myself. I cannot put all the blame on the parents because some of the teachers and staff members here as well as schools are relying too much on technology. A lot of teachers in all ages have their students often watch movies instead of reading it out of the text book.

Resource 2: Parents using smartphones to entertain bored kids By Stephanie Goldberg http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/26/smartphones.kids/

This article talks about Stephanie personal experience and many studies that give examples of how and when parents use their phone and devices to distract their children when either in a restaurant or a busy place where children are considered being disrupted to others. It also goes into further how this can long term hurt your child more than help even if that is making others happy. “Expert Carly Shuler says the reason for this — assuming the majority of 3- to 10-year-olds don’t own their own phones — is because adults are taking advantage of the smartphone’s ability to act as a mobile learning or entertainment device for their children.” Not only are the people in their lives influencing children to watch television and play on phones they have the television ads that encourage kid to do so. These are all just short articles with personal and studies on the fact if people are relying on technology for children.

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One comment

  1. Terina Munar

    Hi Brittany, I feel like this is a great topic to write about. As a parent, I can see the concern with “screen time” with young children. For example, I know that when my daughter was 2 years old, she knew how to work an iPhone better than most people my parents age. She could swipe to unlock, swipe to find the kid games and lock it. My son now is 1.5 and he loves to act like he knows how to use my phone, but he is not on it as much as my daughter was. He is more interested in seeing himself on the screen (with the forward facing camera).
    It is crazy to think about how far we have come just since I was little (born in 1985). We didn’t have iPads, iPods, mobile tablets, or even cell phones. We called each other on our house phones or rode our bikes to our friends house to ask if they could play. Although limiting screen time with children is something parents all need to work on, I think it is just proof of our times changing. There are changes that happen with every generation. I’m sure my parents were concerned with the amount of time we spent talking on our telephones late at night or playing Oregon Trail on our old computers.
    I do like the sources that your added for additional information. In Goldberg’s article, one mother says, “People have always brought toys, or something to entertain their child, into restaurants and stores. Now we just have better technology.” I agree with her 100%. It also depends on the amount of screen time a child is given for it to be a concern. I wish you would have added a little more of your point of view to this essay as well as a conclusion. But I do enjoy and can really appreciate your topic.

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