IS TECHNOLOGY STEALING OUR BABIES CHILDHOOD ?
Children have huge imaginations, that can be stifled by ready-made entertainment. Take a look around you and, in cars, shopping centres and restaurants, chances are you’ll find young children engrossed, not in the world around them, but in their new digital reality. Adults too, are permanently connected, but it is not only adults who are on the iWay to permanent connection. As parents readily testify, many children don’t just use the devices, they are consumed by them.
”These devices have an almost obsessive pull towards them,” says Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University and author of iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us.
”How can you expect the world to compete with something like an iPad3 with a high-definition screen, clear video and lots of interactivity? How can anything compete with that? There’s certainly no toy that can.
Parents used to worry only about TV use. Now school students’ screen use may begin at home with TV in the morning, continue with interactive whiteboards, laptops and computers in class, smartphones at lunch and on the bus, and continue at home with TV, computer, phone and tablet. Wayne Warburton, a psychologist at Macquarie University, says US studies show that beyond the school gates, teenagers are using screens or listening to music for more than 7½ hours a day. In Australia it is more than five hours and rising.
Authoritative standards on appropriate levels of use are limited. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends parents discourage TV for children under two and limit screen time for older children to less than two hours a day and suggest a ratio of screen time to other activities of 1:5 for very young children.
BumbleBee Hive teachers and carers use their time with young children creatively and imaginatively. They understand that understandably shopping with parents, can by default, end up as more screen time for bored kids. They also understand the blue screen health dangers, and some loss of manual dexterity by young children today. Their strategy is to minimise the dependency on screens and guide active minds and imaginations to interactive play with other children, colour, music and dexterity.
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