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