The Negative Impact of Unstructured Technology Use By Children

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According to CNN, 90% of all American children right now have an online footprint by the time they are two years of age, (Clinton & Steyer). The most crucial parts of a child's learning development occur in the preschool through early elementary years. Norms of problem solving, cognition, and social interaction are picked up. Given the statistic that children are introduced to electronic use well before the age of four, preschool age, there are repercussions to this marrying of young malleable minds and unstructured use of electronics. The effects of children using electronics are: weakened critical thinking skills, isolation from real-world social interaction, and lack of comprehension in understanding concepts or lessons. Although an …show more content…
Children sit in front of a computer and search at their leisure, this is the sort of behavior that promotes isolation from interaction. Isolation. Not talking to a single soul while being engaged in a digital world, is the way society sees “tweens” sitting in a Starbucks. They are making full use of their cellular phones while on Facebook and Twitter which are social media outlets that are anything but face to face, a social activity. The behavior that leads up to this is what is learned in schools and it surrounds technology use, in our younger generations. Educational institutions are looking to redesign their curriculum with the integration of tablets for personalized learning. The message here conveys personalized learning is the key to having a successful student, but in reality it promotes isolation. For if every child gets a tablet they are learning by themselves, and not engaging with other students about what they learn. This is isolation. Back to Facebook and Twitter, chatting face face interaction can be completely avoided. There is no structure to the way technology is introduced to children and this is why negative effects are present. Seeing the bigger picture, is a humongous problem for younger people in this generation. Children learn facts in little bits and pieces and are taught to construct arguments in a digital format with these small bits. It is hard to understand the complexities of history or a

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