Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Effects of Technology on Kids

article by Izzy Hurlburt and Makenna Roy
edited by Emma Snyder

These days parents are noticing a rapid change in their family structure and lifestyle. It can go from kids using electronic devices at the dinner table and then later going into kids being disobedient when parents try to limit the usage of electronic devices. By electronics, gone is dining room table conversation, which is replaced by the “big screen.” Technology plays a big role on how these kids grow and develop.

By using technology these kids can grow up with social issues, becoming less likely to communicate with others since most of their time is being spent on technology. This can really affect the way they grow up because kids need friends and people to keep them entertained and involved. Some may say that these impacts are what technology does for them, but it can really have an affect on the development of their brains. It can affect the ability of problem solving, reasoning, creativity, memory, language, and learning.

According to, “Four critical factors necessary to achieve healthy child development are movement, touch, human connection, and exposure to nature. These types of sensory inputs ensure normal development of posture, bilateral coordination, optimal arousal states and self-regulation necessary for achieving foundation skills for eventual school entry.” But by kids using technology so often, they aren't getting these factors. On the nature side of this, spending time outdoors has a huge number of positive effects on the body .  It provides you with exposure to sunlight, which supplies your body with Vitamin D. This helps to fight infections and keep your skin healthy. Additionally, regular exposure to sunlight helps to keep your sleep cycle regular by influencing the body’s production of melatonin. With that being said, if children don’t go outside as much they will lack melatonin which would affect their performance in school. Going outside can also benefit kids physically. By running around and getting exercise, these kids are less at risk for obesity, diabetes and other health problems. states that, “According to market researcher conducted by Childwise in 2015, kids aged five-16 average 6.5 hours screen time a day, with teenage boys spending the most time on screens – an average of 8 hours a day. Thus, a typical kid can expect to spend upwards of 90 days – or 3 months – a year staring at a screen. That’s a 116% increase in screen time consumption since 1995.” With these stats you can see that as technology is advancing so is the time spent using them.

To conclude, we need to take an action to limit the use of technology kids are using. In some ways they are good, like for learning in school. But outside of school kids should be spending time outside and using their imaginations, not being cooped up inside all day staring at a screen that also could impair their vision. If this continues the next generation would be left with kids who are disobedient when it comes time to put the electronic away, a society where people’s lives revolve around social media, and unhealthy kids because they didn’t have the chance to develop right.

This picture shows two young kids fully fixated on their electronics like they are being “sucked in.” Citation-Children and Technology: Should You Be Concerned?

This picture shows a young girl trying desperately to reach her tablet rather than read the actual books she is standing on. This demonstrates and puts into reality how much technology is influencing and impacting young kids, and changing how we use other resources. Citation- The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child.

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