How Does Electronic Devices Affect Children

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Have you ever seen a young child so eager to get their little hands on an electronic device, for instance, a cell phone or a computer? Well I have, and most of the time they would end up turning into Daffy Duck from Looney Tunes, full of anger and stubbornness, because the word ‘no’ was their answer. Lately I have been curious to know why children act the way they do when it comes to electronics. From my experience I have seen my two nephews, who are three years old and five years old, often watch movies on a computer or play games on an ipad, but the minute it would be taken away from them they would start to express bad behavior. This is a problem that needs answers and solutions to prevent from future setbacks. For example, I would …show more content…
When I was assigned to do this Research paper, this topic immediately came to mind. I figured this would be a great opportunity to learn about the negative effects electronic devices have on young children. Thesis: Clearly, electronic devices have a negative impact on children under five years old, such as their psychological and behavioral health, social and personal skills, and meals and physical health.
Entertainment devices are affecting young children negatively in their psychological and behavioral health (Rowan). In the article, “Raise Smart Kid”, “the quality, quantity and consistency of stimulation from your child’s early experiences contribute to the structure of his brain and its capacities. The effect of these experiences lasts for the rest of his life”(Brain Development). I agree with this quote because the things you do in the early age, constantly, sticks with you forever. Basically, in a early life 's mind, the brain is starting to seed the child’s learning skills, behavioral responses. Children are always prepared to learn (Brain Development). A three year old 's brain is twice as active than an adult’s (Brain
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Numerous of children are into electronics, and it gives them the “feel-good chemical”, also on the brain scans it looks the same as cocaine use (Dunckley). However, “when reward pathways are overused, they become less sensitive, and more stimulation is needed to experience pleasure” (Dunckley). At the same time, dopamine is also critical for focus and motivation, so even small changes in dopamine sensitivity can create damage on how well a child feels and functions (Dunckley). Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical responsible for sending messages between the brain and different nerve cells of the body (Dopamine). In a YouTube video, a registered nurse, who has been practicing in pediatrics for over eighteen years was interviewed by a student. She leads a pediatrics nurse practitioner program in the University of Texas at Austin school of nursing. She states that the maximum time for exposure of TV to children under five is two hours a day. It would be better if children had less than two hours a day, but in our society children are too exposed to “screen time” because of all the electronics and media (Documentary). They have lack of ability to self regulate and calm themselves down or entertain themselves (Documentary). They need TV and other media to quiet them down or to entertain them (Documentary). Parents need to be aware of what their children are watching

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