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How to Handle Over Dependence of Children on Technology in Today's World!

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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

“It was one thing to use computers as a tool, quite another to let them do your thinking for you.”

― Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October

Kids of today are overdependent on technology
Kids of today are overdependent on technology | Source
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Smart phone, a necessity today! | Source
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We can not think of life without technology today. | Source

Real activities vs Virtual activities

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Over dependence on technology:

  • Some two decades earlier, I remember, it was a common sight to see children playing in the playgrounds or parks.
  • But now most of the children all over the world are hooked to their electronic gadgets---whether it is their laptop or smartphone.
  • They love playing games, but not in the playground, but on their electronic gadgets.
  • It would not be wrong to say that, they are their real life partners.
  • Today's children, have almost the entire world at their fingertips.
  • While using computers or other electronic gadgets increases knowledge, keeps you connected to the whole length and breath of the Globe, but there are some disadvantages as well. It is this issue I want to address in this article.

Adverse Effects On Health :

Health experts all over the world are cautioning and expressing their concern about the adverse effects of this particular problem among youngsters and children.

1. Spending too much time with electronic gadgets leads to an acute reduction of physical activity and that is perhaps the reason for obesity in children of today.

2. When a child or a young boy or girl makes the 'Virtual' world his obsession---in other words if they make these devices their best friends, with whom they love to spend time with, they find it difficult to face the complexities of the 'Real' world.

3. These youngsters find it very difficult to cope up with reality and it might result in psychological problems, such as loneliness, depression or stress.

4. They might even find it difficult to mix with real people or relatives.

5. A very important aspect is that over dependence on technology can affect the learning abilities and concentration of the children.

I have often seen children depending on calculators for simple mathematical calculations.

Gone are the days, of complex mental calculations.

6. Addiction to gadgets can even interfere with day today routine, such as sleep disorder, eating schedule etc.

7. A sudden stop to electronic devices addiction can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms, just as it happens in any kind of addiction.

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

~~Bill Gates

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5 Tips To Deal With Children Who Are Overly dependent On Technology:

1. Both parents and teachers should try to explain the dangers of over dependence on technology to the children and youngsters.

2. Schools should have guidelines for the on line conduct and explain the students about the appropriate use of the electronic gadgets.

3. Encourage the children to have physical activities, such as outdoor games in the morning and evening.Learn and play sport like basketball, football, lawn tennis, swimming etc.

4. Encourage the children to join some hobby classes such as music or musical instruments,dance, cooking, art or craft etc.

5. Engage them in community activities--stage shows, extra curricular activities.

To Sum up:

The real test of academics is in real life, practical situations.

It is how the knowledge you have gained is applied.

The child should not merely reproduce the knowledge, he has learnt theoretically.

It is very important to apply, analyse and ask for reasoning.

Therefore, it is important to develop inter personal skills and to be able to adjust at workplace, where teamwork is very essential.

Technology is a friend and a guide. We should not become its slaves.

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      I do not have children but that was am excellent article and I believe that I am very dependent on technology.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks flashmakeit, for the visit, comments and appreciation. Dependence on technology is inevitable, in today's world. Only important thing is to balance our activities.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The balanced life is most important.

      My Son - pronounced me sahn) will be on his computer today. Mickeys clubhouse and Elmo's world. He will start up the computer and find those programs by himself on a laptop.

      But we will go to the park, Pet store/zoo, ride the trike around a long block. Play some "soccer/football" and go see the big trucks and tractors at a construction site.

      My Son is not yet 3 years old.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for your kind visit and valuable feedback.

      It is really very difficult today to live life, the way it was done 20 years ago. But still we can keep on reminding our children to be careful and avoid the problems--- over dependence on technology may cause. Make them aware of it.

      Give my love to your little son.

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      We were at dinner the other night with our neighbors. Both of them have their own business and have the opportunity to employ college interns. The interns are graduates who are interested in learning the photography or the specialty fresh flower business. They described very intelligent young people who neither knew how to write or answer the phone. They can type extremely well but the verbals and legible writing skills are non-existent.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is our job as writers to protect and preserve writing skills.

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      It was not the ability to "write" it was the ability to write in cursive for thank you notes with a personal touch..the intern was helpless, the business owner had the intern practicing until the person was good enough to write professional looking...

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks FSlovenec, for joining in and giving your opinion.

      You have rightly pointed out, that some of the skills are missing now a days. The students are more dependent on internet for their projects and assignments. Everything, every information is so readily available, that they do not want to exercise their own brain. This might lead to problems later on, when they are faced with real problems, where they have to use their analytical or reasoning skills.

      Thanks for your visit and comments.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for joining in again. I agree, we must protect and preserve the writing skills of our children.

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      You are so right the skill of math in the head, composing a sentence, spelling without spell check..using the technical capabilities to extend our capability rather being dependent on them...I love technologies and have been deeply involved in computer technology since the early 70's it is great, I would not want to live without it but I still want to be able to write clearly, do math in my head quickly and the latest remember how to get places without the GPS...good discussion..thank you

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks FSlovenec, for joining in again. You got my point.

      Talking about GPS-----how much simplified life has become!

      For every ' How to's----' and 'Why's-----' and DIY's, Mr. Google is available 24x7.

      Thanks again.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Now kids can't have their day completed without checking their cellphones and Facebook minute by minute. And kids are always impressionable by what's new and flashy and would do anything just to be "in" on technology. It's a tough challenge; it's the parents' responsibility on how to balance it with dealing with real life and activities.

      My own generation is lucky that we grew up living with simple pleasures. Learning in school though, was hard, and we had to rely solely on our abilities, patience, and perseverance to make the grade, and these exactly are the qualities kids seem to lack today because of new technology.

      Very interesting hub, thanks for sharing. :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If there becomes a Us versus Technology. Then it rests in the heart of the parent. If there becomes a love of life versus anything. Then it becomes a tool.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks idigwebsites, for visiting my hub and giving your valuable feedback.

      I completely agree with you that earlier people used to get pleasure in simple things, for example, a hand written letter from your dear ones, in the home letter box was enough to make us happy.

      And yes, the school grades ------they were so hard to achieve, even after putting your hundred percent into it.

      But life is unthinkable without technology now. May be ten years from now, people would not think the way, we are thinking. We belong to an age, which has seen both the times, with little bit of technology and with lot of technology. Future generations are going to see much more technology than this.

      Thanks again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for your comment. Very true comparisons, I do agree with you.

      Thanks and have a nice day.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      an excellent and well written article chit.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks unknown spy, for your support and appreciation.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      always welcome chit

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The simple things at one time was a best pleasure now things have changed and most individuals are fast learens with modern technology but they lack normal communication with family friends.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes, I share your views DDE. Thanks for reading the hub and giving your valuable feedback.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Kids spend way too much time on computers and cell phones these days. My grandchildren will come over and when I tell them to go outside and play for a little while, they don't know what to do! We live in the country, as I child I would have loved this place, so many things to do and places to explore. It is parents responsibility to see that the children develop skills such as writing and get exercise outside. This is a very good hub! Voting up and useful! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi sgbrown!

      So pleased to have your valuable comments. You are right, parents have a great responsibility to see that the children develop writing skills , analytical and reasoning skills and get involved in physical activities too.

      Thanks for your visit and vote.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Like you, I see fewer and fewer children on the playground. In fact, when I visit my grandchildren, I automatically assume they would be happy if grandma took them to the playground, but instead they would rather get on their electronic devices to play games. Your tips are very helpful in getting grown-ups to strike a balance between using electronic devices as a learning tool and engaging children in face-to-face connection with people to gain better people skills.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for visiting the hub and leaving your valuable comments.

      Yes, there is a need to strike a balance between using electronic devices and the traditional teaching methods. Many may disagree though, as technology has become a necessary tool in our lives.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      This is so true that technology is such as huge part of children's' lives. iPads are even incorporated into a lot of schools, even at the elementary levels now. Kindergartners and 1st graders glued to their iPads, at school!!! They are supposed to be used as a learning tool; yet the teachers don't know how to use them that way and use them as a reward, as playtime, and thus the kids just want to play on their iPads all day. It's sad, really.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks emilybee, for visiting and commenting. I appreciate your insightful comments and observation--- the dangers of excessive dependence on technology of today's children.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      krushnach80 3 years ago

      nice article madam...very very well written

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi krushnach80!

      Thanks for reading the hub and your positive comments! I am sorry, for responding so late to your comment, as I did not receive any notification about this. I just visited this hub to update it and saw your comment.

      Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Just an excellent hub with very practical ideas!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks AudreyHowitt, for your visit and appreciative comments!

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