MOULD CHILDRENS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
Growing up in the millennia of the 21st century means a whole lot more access to gadgets and
technology, newer innovations and smarter approaches to education, lifestyle and even parenting.
Don’t get me wrong, technology has taken massive leaps to secure a bright future for the human race.
The ever expanding applications of smart technology make life so much easier than it was a few decades
back. The invention of cellular networking and the gradual introduction to affordable smart phones put
a spin on conventional communication. The internet has blessed a generation of creative people with a
platform to voice their concerns, whether it be about growing up in the Netherlands or hiking up
mountain ranges in Nepal.
Chores at home are almost fully automated. Parents can watch over their children from a safe distance, giving them space to grow into their own person. A little toddler can be left in a cradle, with little parental attention, in a room armoured with devices that pick up any unusual activity from a distance away. The parent is free to head to work or watch some T.V knowing that any alarming occurrence will be notified of with the gizmos that people have developed to make parenting easier. In fact, keeping a child occupied has never been easier. Access to newer technology helps managing children at home safer and easier. You don’t have to worry about young children hurting themselves playing outdoors without any supervision. However, this great fortune of technological advancement has also wiped away a great deal of positive enrichment during childhood years. It goes without saying that the negative impacts of technology on the development of a child are pretty significant.
Although radiation from gadgets are reduced with modern designs, from infancy to a certain age of up to five are vulnerable years for a child. The slightest contact with radiation could wear off on the child’s mental and physical health. Imagine a child stuck to a screen from a very young age. The beauty of childhood is summed up in a portable device. Technologies dependent families usually witness their children grow with poor social skills. Outdoor activity nurtures the physiology of a child, while they learn to psychologically relate with peers of the same age group in a positive manner. Heavy dependence on technology from a young age rids the child of this marvellous opportunity, probably the best part of childhood, where liberal thought shapes their perspective and their future. Mobile phones on the other hand, can teach children how to communicate with other individuals verbally by brushing off experiences from their parents or elders. However, this does not help in developing relations in any way, as the confidence or charisma of a child can be gravely impacted by the slightest of environmental factors in face to face interactions. The child is taught to recognize threats from safe zones from a very young age, shaping their view of the world and themselves. Technology in moderation can help this growth in a child. However, increased intervention of technology in situations that otherwise require practical exposure can hinder cognitive skills and physical responses to external stimuli. A child constantly watching television would find the media world fascinate, probably more fascinating than everyday life.
This is witnessed in societal formation later on as the youth of a place are the strong point for any media endeavour looking to share ideas. There remain numerous factors that the media does not cover, attributing to a lag in the child’s growth. They may eventually find everyday human activity repulsive or develop low tolerance to other individuals contrary to a set of ideas they develop of the world around from a television. This does not mean that parenting is going backwards, where parents don’t realize that their children are helplessly drawn into a digital world without any guarantee of the proper guidance. It just means that technology has also made children more vulnerable to negative circumstances. There are dangers of children using the internet to stumble across content that could impact them negatively. Too much technology even leads to sleep deprivation, something that can affect a child’s growth considerably. This can be solved by spending enough time with a growing child, a strict matter considering the busy nature of today’s economies. Probably one of the benefits of the right kind of education pitches in as a source of relief for parental time restraints. The best solution however, is experiential learning, where the child is exposed to enthusiastic conditions that encourage physical and cognitive activity.
Buy your child a see-saw or pitch a small park in your yard. Take your child on play dates or birthday parties. Teach your daughter how to ride a cycle. Send your son on roller skating classes. Hang a swing from a tree nearby, where children in the neighbourhood can have fun. There are far too many alternatives that can replace the unnecessary inclination towards technology in a child’s life and make it more fruitful. In fact, when you see your child play outdoors and gel with like-minded children while accepting the different views of others, you are reminded of a childhood that made you who you are. It’s both heart-warming and counterproductive to engage your children in activities that may no longer seem a way of conventional parenting by standards of the digital age. After all, your child has a whole life ahead to catch up to the latest trends in technology even if they spend their whole childhood playing outdoors and mingling with naughty kids. Nobody can tell you how to raise your kids, but surely can give you hints at how this beautiful world is a product of discovery and challenges that technology hasn’t quite caught up to just yet.