June 26, She is not yet 2 years old. Despite our best efforts, she is drawn to the glow of a smartphone or tablet like the proverbial moth to flame, and it is when we try to wrest it from her tiny mitts that we have discovered the modern phenomenon of the tech tantrum. Go anywhere today and kids are alternately staring with zombielike glazed eyes at a tablet, or having meltdowns when they're snatched away — in restaurants, at the mall, on buses and subway, and naturally, on planes.
But there is great concern about how it may be affecting our children. I believe we can learn to embrace its advantages, reduce its adverse effects and raise children who can still relate heart-to-heart with people, appreciate and participate in the beauty and wonders of nature and grow up to be well-rounded, healthy, caring and compassionate adults.
Why should we be concerned? The amount of time children spend using media technology, including computers, cell phones, video games and MP3 players among others, is setting off alarms. The fear is not only that this technology is replacing physical and imaginative play, but that it also may be diminishing development of social skills, heart connection and empathy for others.
Add to that the time spent eating, sleeping and attending school during the week, and little time is left for anything else such as playing outside or at the playground with other children, participating in athletics, socializing with friends and family or engaging in afterschool and weekend activities.
Studies over the past decade have concluded that a large number of adolescents and teens today are having difficulty identifying emotions in people, thus creating an inability to feel empathy toward others who may be feeling pain, sorrow, anger and other emotions.
Why should we be encouraged? My philosophy is that technology can also play a role in helping children develop socially and emotionally, when used in balance. Media has helped children care about what is happening on the other side of the world, giving them access to people of different cultures and lifestyles in a click.
Technology is creating common platforms of socialization, exchange of information leading to more understanding and connectedness to the greater whole. Online polls allow teens to participate in social issues. Many are getting involved in online social causes and movements happening worldwide, from saving endangered species to raising money for the homeless.
Video games also offer ways for kids to collaborate, take turns and learn basic principles of teamwork and sharing, while increasing logical thinking, grasping the interrelationship of various inputs and developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination due to movements needed to effectively navigate a mouse or play a video game.
New software being designed specifically for classrooms promises to be a remarkable tool for developmental learning and creativity. Text messaging can also be a developmental tool. Researchers from Coventry University studied 88 children aged between 10 and 12 to understand the impact of text messaging on their language skills.
There is also media technology available today designed to significantly enhance social and emotional learning, which is critical to the development and future success of children. The technology world is a place for parents and grandparents to interact and communicate with children, even though the learning curve can be a challenge for many of us.
By learning to navigate that world with them, we can better guide them on how to manage themselves and their time within it. Kids need to learn that there are times when paying attention to those around you is of primary importance, no matter what type of urgent phone calls or instant messages might be coming their way.Even those who can't live without one have to admit that they are often annoying beyond human endurance.
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