Impact of technology on our learners today
By Auricio A. Padilla Jr., ESHT I
Cotmo ES, Sipocot Cluster III
The role of computers effect of childhood education has been a widely controversial topic and both parents and educators have concerns about the potential benefits or harms to young children. We all know that computer is one to the best inventions of science form which every subject of study has revolutionized. Nowadays everything depends on computer. Computer is necessary everywhere because computer offers so many facilities of computerized system.
Learn about the negative effects of technology on young children and teenagers. Lower attention span. Teachers, parents, and students themselves find that technology can have a direct impact on attention spans. The immediacy of technological interactions make waiting harder for children. With technology, they aren’t forced to wait. They can have their TV show immediately, they don’t get bored because they always have something to entertain them. Technology moves fast, instant responses and instant gratification are impacting attention spans for young children and teenagers alike. Increased risk and lack of privacy. Teenagers and children have grown up in a technological world, and the idea of privacy is somewhat foreign to them. Cyber security is a huge element of tech today, but it isn’t always perfect. Hackers and criminals can utilize technology to steal identities and harass children. Technology has created an increase of theft, privacy issues, harassment, and more. Risk of depression. Teenagers and children who report more time using media are more likely to also report mental health issues. Depression is a key issue that is correlated with more media use. This has increased suicide rates and has lead to more youth needing mental health interventions like medicine and counseling. Experts believe time spent on social media or using technology can directly be tied to increased depression. Falling grades. Many students today can see their grades take a hit when they spend more time with technology. Increasing technology usage means less time spent on homework, and the kind of developmental changes technology can bring can make students struggle with homework like reading and writing. Bullying. As technology flourishes, so does bullying. Children and teens are using technology and social media to bully other kids, without having to face them. Often called cyberbullying, this trend is increasing and getting more popular with even younger students. Social interaction issues. With more time spent on technology, younger children are having issues with face-to-face social interactions. Many seem to prefer to text or talk on social media as opposed to talking to each other in-person. Even when children spend time together, they may spend more time texting or on their phones than actually being together.
While there are many negative impacts that can be connected to technology use, there are many positive impacts as well. Helping them learn. There are many educational elements of technology that can help children learn. From TV programming to apps on a smartphone or tablet, there are many things that children can be exposed to that can help develop their mind and teach them new things such as; Classroom tool. Many teachers have started using technology in classrooms to help students learn. Technology helps teachers reach different kinds of learners, reinforce and expand on concepts, and motivate students in new ways. As more teachers embrace technology, new kinds of learning can take place in classrooms, and more students can be reached in ways that they relate with. Preparing for future tech careers. As technology continues to grow and flourish, there will be more demand for professionals ready to take on technology careers. When children start getting excited about technology and the potential it offers them from a young age, they’re more prepared for their future and the possibilities it offers. Children can start getting technological skills early that they’ll need in the future. Improved multitasking. Studies show that using technology helps young children learn how to multitask more effectively. While multitasking never allows you to fully focus on one area, students can learn how to listen and type to take notes, or other multitasking activities that can help them succeed in their future. Improved visual-spatial development. Spatial development can be greatly improved when technology like video games is used to help train young students and children. Practicing visual-spatial skills with video games can be a great way to improve abilities. Visual spatial skills are needed in a variety of things, like map reading, puzzles, and more. Improved problem solving and decision making. Technology often presents children with problems, and helps them learn how to make decisions and solve those problems. Games and apps on tablets or smartphones can help give children the practice they need to find success down the road. When students wisely use technology they can reap huge rewards.
Parents can help children get the benefits of technology with less of the negative effects. Parents can start by ensuring their child to don’t use it alone. They can play along with their child to include face to face interactions with technology and make sure they don’t have the opportunity to play. Parents should also work to set appropriate boundaries including time limit
Internet, web browsing, chatting and surveys are very famous in adolescents. The teenagers are getting information and knowledge is at the fingertips of young children, but the excessive use of computers is also harmful and dangerous for young children. We are using computers in our home, in our daily life to get facilities. Through computers we can enjoy internet surfing. We can play games, listen songs, etc. But on the other side if computer is misused, it can result in demerits.
Children especially who aren’t using the computers in the right manner are at the most risk. Computer is for mankind and not to harm ourselves so parents should regulate the schedule of children playing computer games. This will help them to reduce harm on their health. It’s also affecting their studies so in this way excessive use of computers is destroying a whole new generation. “Excess of everything is bad.