Child’s Brain Development Inhibited by Technology

There is a new movement towards having children watch Ipads to keep them distracted. I have seen this in waiting rooms, stores, and first hand experience with my nephews. They seem to be addicted to the Ipad and throw temper tantrums when they cannot use it anymore after being on it for hours. I think it is really important to look at the side effects this has on brain development. 

Excerpt: http://movingtolearn.ca/2014/ten-reasons-why-hand-held-devices-should-be-banned-for-children-under-the-age-of-12

“Between 0 and 2 years, infant’s brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by over exposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to negatively affect executive functioning, and cause attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity, and decreased ability to self-regulation e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).”

Technology inhibits the brain development of young children which is detrimental to different aspects of their life as they grow and develop. This article shows that young children, from when they are first born to around the age of six, have significant brain development which determines their personality, social behavior, emotional behavior, and other significant aspects of their life. These aspects are crucial for the healthy development of a child’s mind as they grow and develop. Social behavior and connections with other people are negatively affected by the overuse of technology. Too much exposure to non educational technology will be detrimental to children’s brain growth in these areas. This artocle also shows the recommended amount of usage of technology range for each age. A child two and under should not be exposed to any technology, a child aged three to five should only be allowed one hour daily and older children should only be allowed two hours per day. Technology exposure has taken the place of physical activities which also hinders the development of necessary coordination and sensory and motor skills. Babies and young children need crucial exposure to physical activities, social interaction, and emotional experiences in order to gain proper abilities in life. A child’s personality is also formed during these imperative years. Physical activities such as sports or just playing with toys enhance and develop a child’s coordination. It also contributes to the development of knowing what a child can do physically and what he or she can’t do, for example if something hurts or a parent says no. These actions of learning also plays into personality such as when a parent says no, a child learns what is not okay and learns discipline. Social interaction is also imperative. Too much exposure to video games and television will result in a child who does not gain skills essential in life. Motor skills will not flourish efficiently. This will result in delayed advancements from crawling to walking. Too much technology, without enough physical activity will result in underdeveloped coordination. 

Children, from when they are born, have essential brain developments that will shape them as an individual for the rest of their life. Technology is a factor that will harm and disrupt these developments. It is important for parents to make sure their children are exposed to only what will enhance their learning, not harm it. Parents play an important role in monitoring a child’s exposure to technology, which needs to be taken seriously. Studies need to be made known on how this technology is affecting children and why it is so important for parents to be aware of what their children are being exposed to. Stories on what can and will happen need to become apparent, along with the means to prevent it. Parents need to become aware that they are providing the building blocks to how their children will develop, and that the wrong building block can be detrimental to their child as they grow older into their adult life.

4 thoughts on “Child’s Brain Development Inhibited by Technology

  1. I completely agree with this post. It is so critically important for parents to know how the use of technology impacts the development of their child. That is why it is so important that these studies get out to more people because this is very useful information. There are some parents that let their very young children sit glued to their tablets all day or glued to their tv playing video games. Though these parents seem to not understand how harmful this can be for their child’s development. Therefore it is important that parents try to limit their childrens’ usage of technology and instead only expose them to things that will enhance their learning instead of corrupt it.

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  2. I think this is so important and one reason why being a parent is so hard these days. The challenge to know what is right versus what to do in the moment is one I’m sure plenty of parents go through and one I can’t fathom going through myself. I also remember my parents being very strict about that whole two-hour screen time rule when I was growing up. To this day I’m pretty sure that’s why my family didn’t have Netflix until both kids were in college! As to the negative effects of brain development, I would believe that to be true and that makes it all the more heartbreaking when you see so many kids in strollers with iPads plopped in front of them. Again, not a decision I would want to have to make.

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  3. This blog post is so on point. It almost seems as if parents are enlisting tablet computers and smartphones to serve as “substitute parents,” I see this all the time with my cousins’ kids and even if you go out to eat at a restaurant you will see kids whose parents subdue them any time they throw a tantrum or make a ruckus by giving them a phone to watch YouTube or play video games on. Instead of parenting them and fixing their bad behavior, they will just sweep it under the rug by distracting their child, which is gonna lead to bad behavior and their brains not being able to process those normal human interactions properly later in life.

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  4. Kendall,

    This post is so important and discussing technology and young kids is so important. I was raised with access to technology whenever I wanted — my parents never really set rules on when we could or couldn’t watch TV, play with their phones, etc. However, I was so far from technology obsessed. I believe that because I had access to it, I wasn’t grasping for iPad time because the outdoors and hanging out with friends just seemed more enjoyable and satisfying.

    Today, that is definitely not the reality. As a baby sitter to a 7 year old and 4 year old, they are obsessed with technology. It makes me really sad that they won’t have the same purity in their childhoods as we had, and it’s getting worse with every generation. Parents truly do not understand how negative technology can be, and they need to be educated with the choices they are making.

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