Over the past few decades, technology has completely changed every aspect of our society, from the way we work to the way we socialize and everything else in between. Technology has helped humanity with much progress and comfort, but it also presents some bad consequences for our children. Technology does have many benefits for learning, but it can also have many negative effects on children’s development. A few decades ago, children used to play outside all day, ride bicycles, exercise, and socialize with other children. They are masters of their own imaginary game. Today, children as young as 2 years old can be seen watching cartoons or playing with cellphones.
The big difference in the way children live today is that they don’t get enough exercise. Devices such as computers, smart phones, and televisions encourage them not to move rather than go out and play with other children. Apart from not having enough exercise, many children do not feel the benefits of spending time outside because they rely heavily on technology for entertainment purposes. Spending time outside has many positive effects on the body – providing exposure to sunlight that supplies the body with vitamin D, which helps fight infections and keeps skin healthy. New research shows that the screens of tablets and smart phones emit dangerous blue light that can cause headaches, eye strain, and irritated eyes in children.
Additionally, a child who uses the device excessively can become isolated and fail to develop normal communication skills such as starting a conversation, listening, or making eye contact. Not only can it have a negative impact on developing social skills, but it can also affect a child’s mental health. Research has shown that children who use the internet regularly and play video games show more anxiety and depression.
It is important to gather and help people pay attention to the adverse effects of the technology that our children experience, not only on their physical, psychological and behavioral health, but also on their ability to learn and maintain personal and family relationships. It is also important to encourage children to exercise, spend time outdoors, or socialize with friends in real life rather than online. If children are shown more support for these beneficial activities than using technology, they will be more comfortable making outdoor activities part of their daily routine.