Article written by Sergiu Bumbacea and Filip Popescu M.Sc.
Hello everyone! Welcome back to another KTW Blog! Today is the first day of summer and we want you to be careful with your children health during this summer. That’s why we choose this subject to talk about!
Spending too much time using digital technologies can negatively impact the psychological, developmental, social and physical health of children, says Virginia Tech expert Shalini Misra.
“Multitasking is a huge risk factor for injury and death, for example texting while driving. But more broadly, because it’s so easy to acquire so much information quickly, kids may not learn to think critically and creatively because of the constant passive consumption of fragments of information and communication,” she said.
1. Mental health One of the most dramatic impacts of technology is the decline of the quality and quantity of sleep. The sleep chemical melatonin is influenced by the constant glow from screens. So keeping technology is likely to interfere with your sleep and effects your general state. What is even more serious is that people become addicted to technology. 2. Physical effects Among the most dangerous effects of technology is obesity. Being absorbed by a laptop or a tablet, people tend to snack a lot, keep late hours and exercise less. The more time you sit in front of the PC, the lesser is the blood circulation in your body, not to speak of the neck and head pain. 3. Social skills Vast use of tech solutions is likely to result in poor social skills. Business meetings are held over Skype and kids chat in messenger rather than call on granny or meet up with a friend in person. On the face of it, technology appears to create global network bringing people together. But in fact, this replaces real-life communication and ends in social isolation. Moreover, strong social bonds are replaced with a number of shallow “friends” in social networks. As a result, people might feel lonely and depressed. 4. Emotional problems Using social media can make you feel more connected to the world. But, comparing yourself to others can leave you feeling inadequate or left out. A recent study looked at the social media use of more than 1,700 people between the ages of 19 and 32. The researchers found that those with high social media use felt more socially isolated than those who spent less time on social media. 5. Delayed learning in young children When it comes to young children, the alteration of the brain’s structure due to excessive screen time can impact their learning abilities. In particular, children who watch more TV have more difficulty picking up languages – this delay in learning can be as much as 50% higher for every 30 minutes spent watching the TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNKN4dHGQKg
How to reduce negative effects of technology on children?
1. Monitor and limit the use of technology. It’s of great importance to know how much and in what way your kid uses devices. A number of parental control tools come up with various restrictions of screen time and content to be applied for child’s gadgets. Consider utilizing such software to set boundaries for screen time allowed as well as apps and web content to be viewed.
2. Teach responsibility and conscious behavior. Talk to your child about privacy in cyberspace and potential risks and dangers.
3. Keep up with tech industry spin. Take interest in current digital trends that are popular among youth.
4. Find alternatives to technology. Encourage your kid to read paper books instead of electronic ones. Ask your child to indulge in a hobby, like playing football, not an online game. Organize a family time with no electronic devices.
We also recommend you one of our blogpost, when we described the positive and negative effects for kids and screen time. Check out here!