Ten Reasons WHY Kids Under 12 years of age do not need technology.
Sarah - posted on 02/28/2017
I read the article as well and while I agree that parents are often more focused on their devices than their kids; I fell it made some sweeping generalizations. Probably because it was more of a personal commentary than a research article. All in all everyone should be aware of how much time is spent on tech devices.
Sarah Ann - posted on 02/28/2017
I liked the post too. However, the fact that parenst are often the worst offenders does not help at all. I wrote an article on this called "Smartphone Distracted Parenting" which you can find here. It would be interesting to know if people agree with me or not. But I see parents glued to thei screens all day and every day - that is kinda sad when their kids need and want their attention and a bit of prime time!
Sarah - posted on 02/26/2017
I agree that technology is important and exposure to it is essential for kids. However, like Ev notes; no one needs to spend hours and hours using s device each day. The AAP advises 2 total hours of screen time for kids 6 and up. That is total; school, homework and leisure. Getting kids outside, talking to each other and using other skills to accomplish tasks has taken second seat to devices. Drug education was/is a hot button topic in my school district and now tech safety is right along with it. We have had tech issues on our agenda at curriculum meetings for the last few years. Finding a happy balance between school and home is critical. Every child needs to learn technology but to be immersed in it all day/every day is not healthy either.
Ev - posted on 02/26/2017
Amanda--I agree but this is aimed at when they are not in school and just at home not doing homework and have free time. Children 5 and under do not need to be exposed to tech too much. It keeps their brains from developing in the normal fashion it is supposed to do. I see way too many people handing off their smart phone or tablet to their children when they are out in the stores or eating someplace instead of giving them one on one time. That time can be used to learn things like counting, colors, shapes and other things while at the same time makes the bond between parent and child stronger. Kids need their parents to interact with them more than they need to be on the stupid phone or computer or tablet. Tech is ruining our nation because no one thought to even learn how to control the use of all this.
Amanda - posted on 02/26/2017
I do agree with this kids are given too much technology today. Once they start school though they do need to start learning how to use it. The biggest need is parents who parent. That being said kids using technology every once in a while won't hurt them. Technology isn't going to go away.
Sarah - posted on 02/26/2017
Great article! When I look at the epidemics that plague my student population, many problems are rooted in the potential overuse of technology. ASD, obesity, addiction and mental illness are at an all time high in Illinois. Technology has brought many advances and positive changes but a sad reality is we are dependent on devices.
The staff of my school district were challenged to give up technology for 30 days just this January. I admit it was hard to limit my use to only at work and one at home email check daily. However, I found I went to bed earlier, got more done and spent more time with my family. Using the computer for everything from directions to recipes has become a habit for me...one I'd like to curb.
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