In today’s hi-tech world, kids are attracted to technology like a moth is attracted to light. Children are addicted to technology, with school-age children and even toddlers spending hours on tablets and home computers. One might wonder what effects is technology having on your child’s brain, or perhaps what are the negative effects of computers on their eyes? These are several other myths have surrounded the world of parenting. However, this article will focus on debunking those myths.
Computers make children academically prepared:
According to the latest research, children are better prepared for the classroom if they were exposed to computers as a child. The study tested a group of children who were exposed to computers at an early age, and a group that had no exposure to computers, the study found that those who were exposed to computers performed better on the school readiness test had better motor skills and were more cognitively developed. In addition, children who did their homework on computers performed better overall as compared to children who did their homework in a traditional manner.
Computers posing a risk for children:
As we have all heard the notion that too much of anything can be a bad thing. Consequently, children spending excessive amounts of times in front of a computer are at risk of developing computer related cramps, back aches etc. In addition, they are also likely to develop vision problems. Perhaps one of the most common healths related problems has to do with children developing progressive myopia. Many eye doctors believe that Myopia can be accelerated through the excessive use of computers in children. Thus, limiting the use of computers and encouraging its use in moderation is the key to reaping its benefits.
The role of parents in managing children’s computer use:
The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the primary governing body for children’s education has laid out the following recommendations for managing children’s computer use:
- Computers should in no way be a replacement for educational materials and tools for children.
- Parents should constantly supervise children’s computer use, consistently keeping an eye out for websites which are in appropriate for children.
- Parents should tutor their children on how to use the computer. Teach them the benefits and ill-effects of using the computer excessively.
- Computers should never be a replacement for activities that involves playing with toys, outdoor activities and other related children’s activity.
- Encourage your child to share a computer with a sibling or friend, teach the importance of cooperation. This helps build positive social skills in children.
- Parents should learn more about children’s software and take advantage of the various software tools available to enhance children’s academic skills.
Protecting personal files from children:
Children using their parents PC may accidently wander into some important, work related files. Parents are advised to lock all important files and folders using Folder Protect software, design to prevent accidental deletion, editing and viewing of protected files and folders.
Mixing computers and kids is fine as long as it’s not excessive. As we all know, moderation is the key to staying balanced in all aspects of life.