Modern Children and Computer Technology
Posted by iexercisebytyping on October 10, 2012
Computer technology is definitely affecting American kids today in one form or another. Today’s generation of children are affected by computers far more than the previous generation. My mother told me that she did not use a computer until she entered college. However, it seems that there are those who would argue that nothing much today can be done without the aid of the computer, and to their affirmation, it seems that the trend of increased dependency on and use of technology shows no sign of slowing. Read on after the break to explore more on this increasingly relevant issue.
Toys R Us, for example has recently unveiled a new product called “Tabeo”, a tablet aimed at children under 10 years old. This suggests that children are to familiarize themselves with technology that was not seen or encountered by the older generation until much later in life. The implications of this have yet to be seen.
One major cause for concern to me is that according to Toys R Us, the Tabeo will
“give its young users the “full Internet experience”
Having full access to the internet at such young ages could arguably be very detrimental to the development of children, as young and growing kids are likely not psychologically ready or advanced enough to safely and healthily process, understand, and deal with all the information they can encounter online.
Technology has become a part of many childrens’ lives, and many youth today do not have any past-times that revolve outside technology and computers. Look at palystation and Nintendo. Nintendo and Wii has taken normal everyday outdoor activities, like tennis and aerobics, and made these into virtual activities. Some children of today may not even know that tennis is a game that is played on a court that has grass, cement, dirt, or clay on it. These children would not know the joy of playing a game of sport in the lovely, sunny outdoors. It is really upsetting to me that many members of the younger generation are increasingly less conscious of their natural surroundings.
Technology has also brought with it health defects for these children. Epilepsy and some concentration defects are increasing in children. A suggested cause is that these children are so engrossed in their computer games that they do not know what is happening to their minds. There is also a major physical health issue regarding these children are not getting enough physical fitness due time usually allotted to exercise instead being devoted to to sitting indoors playing virtual games. These children are also not getting enough sunlight, and sunlight does carry some vitamins which are essential to the body for maintenance, for example Vitamin D.
However, computer technology is no means all bad. Kids of today can use this wonderful tool for the good of themselves, and other people. It can be used in moderation to supplement or aid education, or even to spread different inspiring or helpful messages, such as awareness for social issues relevant to kids, such as bullying, and other prevalent issues such as health diseases. Technology can be used by the younger generation to give hope to all people. The key is discipline, self-control, moderation, and education.
Let me know in the comments what you all think of technology being used by children at increasingly young ages.