Balancing your child's real and virtual world
Kid's BitsWatching my young children easily navigate an electronic device makes me wonder if they were born with some innate knowledge about tech-devices. They are often glued to the devices. It seems like they were made for each other!
Even toddlers with no literacy level easily get access to games! Their comfort with the devices makes me wonder --- Is part of their DNA written in binary code? When I stroll down my own childhood before the VCR, and widespread use of the internet, I find it puzzling how the technology has taken over the real world. Besides good things, technology also has some bad effects on child psyche as well. There must be a balance between the real world and virtual world.
The amount of information at your fingertips is amazing! If a child is curious about anything, there is a treasure of information online. They can see animals in their natural habitats and even watch things happening at NASA - live with the blessing of technology!
There are a number of websites which help develop language skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. Many activities online encourage problem-solving skills. Devices like e-readers and tablets have made books easy to bring anywhere!
There are many bad effects as well. Most games contain graphic violence. Virtually participating in graphic violence is not healthy for a child's psyche. Regarding the affect of violent gaming on child psyche, the American Academy of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry says, "Studies of children exposed to violence have shown that they can become: "immune" or numb to the horror of violence, imitate the violence they see, and show more aggression with greater exposure to violence."
Besides the negative effect on psychology, spending excessive time in front of a screen is harmful to a child's health as well. The more time a child spends on electronic devices, the less time is left for children to invest on creative play or exploring the world around them.
It's parents' duty to create a balance. They must create a routine for them and make them bound to follow. There should be 1 hour allocated for screening TV and 1 hour for internet. Also, keep an eye on what they are watching. Your little effort can save your child from being spoilt.