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Technology's Impact On....

Child Development

The advancing technology is quickly changing the world as we know it.

Critical Thinking!

Tip: Free writing or journaling is another way your child can practice expanding on thoughts and ideas. 

Technology doesn't challenge your critical thinking skills. With features like autocorrect and the 140 character limit, children and teens aren't forced to learn reading and comprehension skills. They aren't allowed to expand on their ideas and thoughts, thus rendering conversations: flat. Technology, although convenient, gives you access to almost any question you have without doing much work. 

"To counteract this, and encourage critical thinking, be sure to set aside time every day for reading where no electronics are present. Critical thinking can be developed through conversation expansion, which is when you help your children learn to build on conversations by referencing past experiences or things they’ve read."- The Tot

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Attention Span & Imagination!

Tip: Encourage your child to read books often. 

Attention span development is affected by technology when constant ads pop-up and interrupt the flow of what they were doing. Notifications and alerts, are also distracting for the attention span. With technology present, children are more distracted and are less likely to focus. The "blue light" emitted from technological devices is related to sleep issues. Chronic exposure to blue light at night can lower the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, and disrupt your circadian rhythm.  The constant use of technology has shortened our attention span from 12 minutes to 5 minutes. Constant news feeds and videos that are 10 minutes or less has rewired our brains.

People who are online an average of 5 hours a day have trouble remembering people's names. The constant stimulation from electronics makes our brain accustom to "popping", fast-paced stream of information that we find on the internet.

This is why we are becoming increasingly less adept to handle the slower pace of real life. This condition is known as "popcorn brain". 

Visual stimuli from technology and lack of reading can impact a child’s development of imagination. "To counteract this, it is important that children have the opportunity to explore old-fashioned imaginative play and to let their imaginations run wild in storybooks." - The Tot

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Privacy & Safety!

Tip: Create “unplugged” time on a regular basis – which applies to everyone in the family.

As advances in technology lead to increasing levels of connectedness, we must consider the effects that social media and the internet can have on our child’s mental outlook, as well as their privacy and safety. Child predators and bullies have easier access to our children via technology. To combat that, keep open communication with your children and encourage them to talk about things that bother them on social media.

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All in All

Technology is undoubtedly useful in our daily lives, but both parents and children alike need to understand that technology should be used as a learning tool, and should not substitute real world interactions.