How to Handle Over Dependence of Children on Technology in Today's World!
“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
Real activities vs Virtual activities
© Chitrangada Sharan Nov. 2012
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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.
How much time does your child spend on his online activities?
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.
© Chitrangada Sharan 22nd Nov. 2012
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