How Does Technology Affect Children?

(Source: The Gaurdian)

Melly Parker, author of  “How Do Electronics Negatively Affect Children,” explains the negative influences on technology has on children. I disagree with Parker’s reasoning on how electronics can change kids as follows.

Isolation

According to Parker, children begin to isolate themselves when excessively immerses in technology. Kaiser Family Foundation research states, “children from the ages of eight to 18 spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours each day interacting with an electronic device.” Because of this usage, a separation between peers, friends, and even family occurs.  In addition, the same study stated that “children may avoid social interaction or extracurricular activities to have more time to spend on the computer or a game console.” I disagree that a tremendous amount of time spent on technology will lead to isolation.

According to Jenna Tahnk,  “Why We Need To Embrace Technology In The Classroom Right Now,” technology increases engagement in the classrooms, and children enjoy the use of technology with their peers as they are also socializing simultaneously.

Scores Decreasing

In one of the studies, Parker states that “47 percent of the heaviest media users earned grades at a C or below, while only 23 percent of children who used media for less than three hours per day suffered from the same bad grades.” In contrast, Meghan Mathis explains in her piece, “Technology in the Classroom: 5 Undeniable Reasons to Embrace It,” children stay engaged longer in classrooms if they possess an interest in what they are doing. Aw well, when children use technology for educational purposes, it ensures additional practice and application of the information obtained from textbooks. In my personal experience, my ability to use technology helped my grades significantly. If I struggled with a math problem, I would continue to practice and find tutorials online until I understood the concept. Because of this, I agree with Mathis’s stance.

Does Electronics Affect Brain Development?

In the article, “Brain Development in a Hyper-Tech World,” Dana Patoine writes “the brain continues to develop its “wiring diagram” at least well into a person’s 20s. The frontal lobes, regions critical to high-level cognitive skills such as judgment, executive control, and emotional regulation, are the last to fully develop. It is also well accepted that during this extended developmental period, the brain is highly adaptable to and influenced by external environmental circumstances.” Technology lessens the use of critical thinking, therefore it will affect the development period. I firmly disagree with Patoine because technology does, in fact, provide excessive cognitive practices and various time-consuming problems.

Why Should We Use Technology in Classrooms?

Technology is a positive resource in the classroom. I strongly disagree with the article,  “How Do Electronics Negatively Affect Children?”, where Parker notes the negative implications in using electronics for academic purposes. There are numerous articles containing strong evidence of technology’s benefits and positive impacts.

Works Cited:

Charles, Aaron. “How Electronics Affect Lives. Business & Entrepreneurship. Demand Media. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Melly, Parker. “How Do Electronics Negatively Affect Children?Business & Entrepreneurship. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Mathis, Meghan. “Technology in the Classroom: 5 Undeniable Reasons to Embrace It.TeachHUB. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

Tahnk, Jeana. “Why We Need To Embrace Technology In The Classroom Right Now.The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 8 Oct. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.

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