The digital age is an amazing era of time which we cannot think of living without technology. It has made the world a global village and people are connected at all times. Technology has also made it possible for us to automate many processes that were earlier done manually or require human intervention.
Most of children learn to hold mobile phone before they learn to hold their feeding bottles
One of the advantages of technology is that children can learn content in a more interactive and engaging manner. However, in order to be effective, the content/toys must be age appropriate.
Some experts suggest that children should not have access to the internet until they are ten years old because they are not mature enough to deal with the content as effectively as an adult would.
Others suggest that having access to technology at a younger age will increase their intelligence and give them an edge over their peers. The truth is that it's complicated and it all depends on each child's abilities and maturity levels.
There are many ways that this could be a problem in the future.
In the future, these children will grow up to have different priorities than previous generations. This could affect our society in many ways. With most of their time spent on screens, it would make sense that they would prefer digital over analog. There is also some research to suggest that this might lead to children being less social and more prone to anxiety and depression than past generations.
Children have to be taught on ways to handle technology before introducing the technology. Children need to be taught on how to handle technology before they are introduced to it. The best time to introduce technology is perhaps subject to research.
Does the introduction of technology challenge children in reading, writing, and beyond that will they find it difficult to learn technology in general?
If the answer to the above question is yes, then there would be a need for special educators to assist children in learning technical concepts. What kind of special educators would they be? The motherly treatment of children with learning difficulties is necessary, as opposed to technology, which lacks that human touch.
Are we hurry in introducing technology to kids?
It is fair to argue that the introduction of coding, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the early stage of development may simply result in a loss of the notion of play. Perhaps introduction at a later age is more appropriate where learners will be more equipped to make informed decisions.
Mrs. Priti Vijayakumar uses The Hansel and Gretel story to illustrate how kids have lost the ability to solve problems and have become dependent on technology.
Are parents in hurry in introducing technology to their kids?
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