Technology's Effect on Children

           

       

   

            Through the past decade, it is evident that the role of technology has dramatically changed.  America has now entered into an era labeled "The Information Age," where technology is vital to the bettering, changing, and direction of society. 

            Young generations have especially grown reliant on computers, since they were born into a fast technology-developing world.  According to PC Data, a research firm, the youth-software market is growing faster than any other software sector, targeting kids ages one to three (Sandberg).  Parents can now buy a long-lasting and dedicated "teacher" for the low price of twenty-dollars.  In informal observations on children's daily schedules and activities, it is apparent that computers have become part of their daily activities; some children spend over eight hours a week on computers (Attewell 291).  This is a serious but neglected issue, since the amount of time spent on the computer is replacing activities that are essential to a child's psychological and social development.

    The rising concern of technology's negative effects on children's social skills is the heart of this website, as it is necessary that adults be aware of the harm that can come from children overusing the computers, such as social isolation and lack of family. 

 

TOPICS COVERED in THIS WEBSITE:

 

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What Skills are Developed during Ages 3-12.
What Activities Help Develop these Skills?

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Discussion: Are Essential Activities being Replaced by Technology?

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Problem caused by Computers: Social Isolation

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The Benefits of Technology in Childhood

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Conclusion with Possible Solution

 

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Stimulating Questions:       

    Although it is good to have both speed and efficiency on our side, we must ask ourselves, is technology hurting society in any way?  Are skills such as analyzing, organizing, and calculating diminishing because most of that can be done by computers? What potential interpersonal skills are children lacking, how many more will they loose or never even gain when they become college students? Overall, the concern that should be addressed is, how is technology stunting potential creativity and social skills in children? Moreover, how many social skills will we, college students, lack because of our heavy dependence on technology, when we become adults.