Smartphones, tablets, laptops, video games, and other electronic devices… Technology pervades our lives, and our children use it at home, at school, and everywhere else. Our youngsters will learn many things that we can only imagine right now. We know that technology has a significant positive influence in this area. However, there are certain negative implications of over usage of technology in our children’s lives. To get the most out of digital gadgets, parents must consider and avoid their drawbacks. We’ve compiled a list of five detrimental effects of technology to which you should pay attention.
Obesity in Children and Technology
Children who spend more time typing or clicking on a screen spend less time outside or participating in physical activities. Children and teenagers may engage in more thoughtless eating when watching TV or playing video games. As a result, we’re witnessing a rise in childhood and teenage obesity.
Issues with Relationships and Social Skills
Kids are increasingly utilizing mobile gadgets, and they may become hooked to them, resulting in their not spending enough time with their families and/or friends. They are more inclined to stay in touch with pals remotely, sending images and texts rather than meeting them in person.
The current generation is growing up playing online games, visiting websites, conversing on messenger, and exchanging photographs on Snapchat, among other things. It’s not that spending time online is terrible; but, spending too much time online can destroy the link between parents and children, as well as prevent the youngster from developing social skills.
Mental Capacity and Innovation
Gone are the times when watching a movie required rewinding a Video cassette recorder or listening to the radio all day to hear our favorite song. You can view a program or listen to a record nearly quickly due to the Internet and YouTube, and you can even skip the ads. As a result, today’s children are wired for immediate satisfaction; they want what they want immediately.
Online Browsing Is Risky
When we go online, we are frequently exposed to hazardous things like phishing, viruses, and other hazards disguised as advertisements. The majority of people are aware of it and can simply avoid it, but what about our children? Even the advertisement may be harmless to them at times. The kids can look up anything they want on the internet. However, with proper surveillance, they will not visit risky websites and will avoid meeting dangerous individuals. Remember that you can always direct your children away from those threats.
Overuse of mobile devices has been shown to have a negative impact on sleep
Children are woken up by their smartphones even when they’re not using them. Studies suggest that it is estimated that over 72% of all children have at least one gadget in their bedroom. There is substantial and persistent evidence of a relationship between mobile device misuse and poor sleep quality, according to studies. Sleep deprivation can have major ramifications for our brain. During sleep, the brain does some “housekeeping” duties, cleaning out unimportant items and rebuilding neural networks in preparation for a new day. However, sleeping less means we’re starving our brain of necessary nutrients, and we’ll struggle to complete tasks during the day. You can talk to your children about the hazards of not sleeping well to help them obtain a better night’s sleep. Also, concentrate on limiting the amount of time spent on screens.
Work with your child to establish a technology usage policy. Without any hard-and-fast restrictions, it’s crucial to evaluate how much screen time you’re comfortable with and which activities you let your child participate in.