Technology and Your Baby

For children younger than two-years-old, frequent exposure to technology can be dangerously detrimental as it limits the opportunities for interaction with the physical world. To develop these skills, children need several opportunities every day to mold, create, and build using materials that do not have a predetermined structure or purpose. While researchers advise parents to limit their baby’s screen time to 2 hours or less each day, I would say it’s better to wait to introduce technology to your children until after they have at least turned 3-years-old and are demonstrating healthy cognitive development.

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There have been cases of addictions to technology in children as young as four-years-old. Imagine how much technology children use when left to their own defenses! How are you ever going to get your child to read a white and black boring old book when they could use a flashy, rewarding iPad instead?

Educational shows are slow paced with fewer stimuli on the screen which gives children the opportunity to practice attending to information. Children can then practice making connections between past and new knowledge, manipulating information in working memory, and problem solving. Conclusively, a good rule of thumb is to limit television watching to an hour to two hours a day, and keep an eye out for a glossy-eyed transfixed gaze on your child’s face.

Technology can be a very good learning tool, but children also need time to interact with objects in the real world, engage in imaginative play, socialize face-to-face with adults and peers, and children of all ages need solitude and time to let their mind wander.

Researchers from the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland found that children who had three or more technological devices in their rooms got at least 45 minutes less sleep than the average child the same age. It is not uncommon to see a school aged child using a laptop, cell phone, and television while trying to also complete a homework assignment. It is next to impossible for a child to engage is some of the higher order information processing skills such as making inferences and making connections between ideas when multitasking.

Technology is changing the way children learn to use and communicate communication to learn. Many parents are using devices to quiet there children in the car, at the dinner table, or where ever social activities may occur. If you are going to give your child screen privileges, at least set aside a time for just that, and don’t use technology to pacify or preoccupy your children during social events.

While there isn’t a causal relationship between technology use and human development, I do think some of the correlations are strong enough to encourage you to limit your children’s screen time.

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Researchers from the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland found that children who had three or more technological devices in their rooms got at least 45 minutes less sleep than the average child the same age. Technology is changing the way children learn to use and communicate communication to learn. If you are going to give your child screen privileges, at least set aside a time for just that, and don’t use technology to pacify or preoccupy your children during social events.

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Still, others propose that technology use is encouraging social isolation, increasing attentional problems, encouraging unhealthy habits, and ultimately changing our culture and the way humans interact. While there isn’t a causal relationship between technology use and human development, I do think some of the correlations are strong enough to encourage you to limit your children’s screen time.

Parents need to remember their very important role as a mediator between their children and the harmful effects of technology. Technology can be a very good learning tool, but children also need time to interact with objects in the real world, engage in imaginative play, socialize face-to-face with adults and peers, and children of all ages need solitude and time to let their mind wander.

Hello, my name is Jennifer. I am a mother of one boy, I am very worried if my child is addicted to technology. So I’m better off letting him play with his friends out of the house and dirty dirt.  I love my son.

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