As the possibilities offered by technology increase day by day, the question of how devices such as phones, tablets and computers can exist in a healthy way in children's lives becomes important.
According to one of the recent studies, we take our phones in our hands to check them an average of 150 times a day. Now let's think, how right is it for us adults to expect otherwise from our children when this is the case? They grow up observing, modeling and inadvertently imitating, so if you have an expectation of your child, be sure to apply it yourself first.
Technology has positive and negative effects on children's mental functions. For example, computer games support decision-making, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills if their content is age-appropriate.
Today's children are raised as generations who can quickly scan sources and perceive audiovisual stimuli more qualifiedly in order to get the information they want to obtain. That is, the way brain cells are formed, accelerated from the birth of a baby, develops quite differently from the older generations with the use of these technological instruments.
On the downsides, a metaphor by US author Nicholas Carr explains the situation quite well. He says the difference between accessing information from books and accessing it online is like underwater diving and jet skiing. Reading a book, just like diving, provides an environment where there are few visual stimuli that distract and allow deep thinking, and the perception of time of the outside world slows down. The Internet, on the other hand, is exactly like jet skiing with a large number of visual, auditory stimuli, a fast and superficial area where constant attention is impossible, information is consumed quickly.
The imagination that develops while reading books is dulled as you get used to having information in front of the screen. The child doesn't have to imagine it because everything is ready for easy access! Likewise, negative effects can occur in areas such as social skills, empathy, expressing emotions.
With the age of obtaining a mobile phone down to 5, let's look at what we can do instead of depriving children of these developments and making it a matter of conflict:
• Do not expose the baby between the ages of 0-2 to the screen in any way.
• Try to increase your time in face-to-face interaction by removing technological stimuli from your surroundings.
• Try replacing your child's games on the phone with some more educational apps. For example, there may be games that improve vocabulary, memory, and endear science and mathematics.
• For quality sleep, do not have any technological tools in the bedroom. Because the emitted signals negatively affect the secretion of the hormone melatonin. That goes for you parents, too!
• The technology is beautiful but it is necessarily within certain limits. Put the rules in place in a joint family agreement and be careful not to have flexibility even if you are in difficulty. Remember, when you make concessions, your child thinks they have the right to push those boundaries.
• Rules and limits may vary depending on age factor. For example, if your child reaches puberty, the time spent on a parallel phone will naturally increase.
• If you want to be a good model for her, reconsider how many books you've read and how much phone you're interested in.
• Unfortunately, there are games that can lead children to harm themselves and their environment. Therefore, warn your child not to provide personal information such as addresses and phone numbers to anyone online. Let him know the risks that may arise by making it clear. If necessary, make sure it's safe using programs developed for families to control it.
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