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Technology Overload

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Technology Overload

 

Are kids suffering from technology overload today?  With all the technology kids are exposed to, it’s up to

you as a parent to know when enough is enough.  Look for the signs of a technology overload in your

child.  Here are some pros and cons to modern technology.

 

          Pros

            Answers to your questions are right at your fingertips.

            Young children introduced to tablets are more flexible thinkers and problem solvers

               (The Atlantic by Hanna Rosin)

            Tablets are easy to use for toddlers because their actual finger is making the choices

               at the exact time.

            Their hands are natural extensions of their thoughts. (The Atlantic by Hanna Rosin)

            The right apps on a device can help children with learning difficulties

            Technology opens up the universe to individuals.

            Connecting with people all over the world.

            Technology helps in cognitive skills, sorting, spotting and data.

 

          Cons

            No fresh air, children don’t go out to play

            Privacy gone – by the age of 2 most children already have an online history (CNN)

            Cyber bullying

            Kids exposing their personal lives in their teens and regretting it when they are older

               (CNN)

            Internet may be changing how our brains work

            Some believe it is stunting children’s development and facilitating violence in children

               (http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/srhonorsprog/260/)

            Texting is a barrier to communication.  Too many times people are texting and ignoring

               life that is going on all around them.

            Technology has shown to have an affect on empathy towards others.

            Childhood obesity

            Poor grades

            Sleep disturbance

 

 

Research from the University of Wisconsin, presented at a meeting of the

Society for Research in Child Development this week, found that children

aged between two and three were more likely to respond to video screens that

prompted children to touch

them than to a video screen that demanded no interaction.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22219881

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