One of the most asked questions by parents is, “Is technology really bad for children?” This question has been in the forefront of many debates between parents. The argument goes on about whether children are being “reprogrammed” by technology or not.
This argument has been fueled by the many controversial cases of “technological bullying” and “discipline battles”. It seems that there is a strong link between how well kids are doing in school and their use of technology. And, on the flip side, children who don’t have access to cell phones, computers and the other “high tech” toys often lag behind in school. So, what exactly is the evidence here and why the question is so important?
First, let’s define what we mean when we say that technology is bad. Many people believe that as technology improves, our children will be less inclined toward reading and writing. This may not be true. I tend to believe that it is the other way around. As humans become more reliant on technology, they also become less involved in real world activities. So, while it is true that kids can become less independent, it is also true that by using the technologies, they develop more skills and learn more about the world around them.
Second, the problem of technology being bad for children is not entirely based in reality. We live in an age where many things are done using technology. Some things are done without technology. It seems that technology helps some things along, but prevents children from doing many other things as well.
For example, did you know that your computer can play a significant role in how much time children get with their parents? How many times a day do you log on to the Internet? Do you play video games? Are you logged onto MySpace and Facebook more than once a day? If you don’t use technology, you probably don’t have these hours back.
However, if you are a member of a website, you can log on anytime of the day. You have a very short amount of time to read your favorite books, watch your favorite videos, play your favorite games, etc. While you might argue that there is nothing wrong with this, what does this mean to children? They can’t spend this much time with their parents. It doesn’t seem that spending time with parents is necessarily bad, right?
You also don’t have to worry about spending too much money on technology. Most homes have at least one high definition television set. Many have two or more. That means that you don’t have to worry about the bill getting too high because you are watching your favorite program in high definition.
As far as I can see, there are many good reasons to use technology, but there are also many bad reasons to use it as well. Make sure you think about what you are doing before you do it. Make sure your children are too.
One thing many parents say is that children who play video games are becoming less social. This is not true. Children who play computer games are more social than children who don’t.
Is technology really ruining the world? Not really. There are many wonderful things about video games and computers, such as creativity and the ability to socialize with other people. We already know that video games can be a lot of fun, but we don’t always get to experience those things because of the stress and noise in our lives. By allowing children to play video games and to have a computer in their home, they can have these experiences.
So, is technology a good thing? In some cases, it can be a very good thing, as when it is used properly. Unfortunately, it can also be a very bad thing, especially if the kids are not savvy about how to use it properly. That can lead to trouble, such as getting into trouble with the law.
Is technology really bad for children? It all depends on how you use it and what you do with it. Many parents will tell you that video games and computers can be great things for your kids. They can provide entertainment and education at the same time, without being bad for your children.