Technology plays a key role in many aspects of our lives. Children using Electronic Gadgets at a younger age are increasingly exposed to certain social and health risks.
Before we handover any gadget to the child let’s take a look at the good side and the bad side of it
The Good Side
It helps children develop their cognitive skills
Technology has made different activities within reach. Playing, scribbling, and even competing are made even more accessible. A wide selection of interactive and educational apps as well as games will help children develop their analytical skills. Playing video games for an hour every day can improve children’s performance on some cognitive tasks because the mental processes involved are the same.
They know where to find information when they need it.
Schools teach kids new things every day, but having access to a gadget also allows them to learn whenever they want. If the child wants to learn about a new hobby or research about their homework on their own, online access is a must. They also get to discover new interests with the help of their gadgets whether it is reading short stories online or watching Educational videos on YouTube.
It’s a great source of entertainment.
It also provides a great deal of fun because of the content available online such as games, cartoons, and other entertaining videos.
The Bad Side
They become sedentary
Kids who are too engrossed with their gadgets tend to have less physical activities. They would rather stay home and skip outdoor activities such as playing with other kids or committing to any sports. This leads to a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and time management as well as poor health.
Inappropriate content is everywhere
With access to gadgets, kids are also exposed to different types of content and that is something parents cannot control. Internet connectivity allows them to go to websites that should not be accessed, read or watched by kids.
They become less sociable
Gadgets take the kids away from family time and outdoor activities. During the social gathering, they tend to just stay in one corner and get lost in the virtual world of their screens. This may also affect the way they communicate and express themselves in the future.
They lose track of time
Once the child becomes addicted to these devices, they will start to lose track of time and forget other important things they should be doing such as eating, doing their homework, or even sleeping. Using smartphones and computers are the most popular activities pre-bedtime.