The Negative Impacts of Technology on Children

Advancements in technology, and how creators have made more electronic devices, such as the Apple smartphone, more user-friendly, have contributed to how children use these devices and the content to which they are exposed to. Although technology has its advantages, such as children being able to complete their assignments via a virtual classroom and joining Zoom calls online, there is an abundance of downsides to children having access to technology, thus having a negative impact on them.
A critical example of how the usage of technology puts children at a disadvantage is the amount of time each child spends on their devices and what this does to their attention span. With an increased amount of content created online aimed at a younger audience, children begin to seek entertainment and fun through watching this content on apps such as YouTube or TikTok. While the material itself may not cause harm, these young minds become fixated on having access to these apps, and thus, become bored with partaking in other activities such as drawing, coloring, or riding a bike. They struggle with paying attention in the classroom because of the urge to pick up their device and watch their favorite show on Netflix or favorite creator on YouTube. They do not listen as well as they could to their parents, either, when being instructed to do something, or take a longer amount of time to do said task because they start using their devices, and get distracted by the virtual world of social media and online TV shows. With the attention span of children decreasing, their likelihood to succeed in schools may decrease, and thus, creates a rift in their learning abilities. In order to prevent this from happening, parents should emphasize to their children that, while being on their devices is acceptable for a certain amount of time, they’re still children and should still go enjoy their childhood outside with their friends, or draw or read a book.
Technology also has a negative impact on children because, while there is content out there made specifically for them, there is explicit content such as music that has degrading lyrics that desensitizes them and teaches them from early on, what is deemed as “allowable.” This type of song imagery, or other categories such as movies about murderers or the usage of drugs, exposes children to a reality of the world that they may not understand or relate to.
In addition to this detrimental material, the advancements in technology have caused the amount of child predators to skyrocket, and thus, children are not safe online unless they are taught proper ways to notice the signs of people who are posing as children. With parents not being fully aware of the activity going on on their child’s devices, it’s easy for their children to become prey to these individuals as their parents may not be monitoring their phones. Social media advances have made child endangerment an even larger threat more now than ever before, and thus, parents should take stock in the people their children communicate with online in order to prevent them from being exposed to and attacked by a child predator.
Overall, the world of technology can be beneficial, but the over-usage of it, what exactly they stumble upon while using their devices, and lack of supervision, can cause a child’s attention span to plummet, desensitize them, and potentially put them in vulnerable situations.

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