Today’s Children- Generation of Digital Natives

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They may not know how to tie their shoe-laces, but they definitely know how to steer a smartphone. The generation of average 6-14 years’ children, that are surprisingly accustomed with high tech-revelations, is more comprehensive of digital technology than a 45-year old adult.

These younger people are shaping communications,” said Jane Rumble, Ofcom’s media research head. “As a result of growing up in the digital age, they are developing fundamentally different communication habits from older generations, even compared to what we call the early adopters, the 16-to-24 age group.”

The Advent Of Digital Generation

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20 years ago the picture was different from now. Kids then used to be given time & space to do a lot of outdoor activities. However today the disintegrated core values of modern family & multi-faceted life hinge mostly on communication, information, and transportation technology to make the 21st century lives faster and more efficient. There was a time when dinning table used to play one of the sole fabrics that held together a family big time. But now, entertainment technology, comprising TV, Internet, video games, iPads, cell phones, has advanced so rapidly, that families have scarcely noticed the significant impact and changes to their family structure and lifestyles.

Today technology has entered every nook & corner of our life, shaping the way we think & use our intellect. But it is quiet intimidating how it is affecting children & their childhood. What is more daunting is that, the influence of new technology, led by the internet, is not only affecting children on the surface of their thinking, but their continuously advancing brains are also being drastically controlled by the exposer of digitalization.

What Surveys Reckon

A 2010 Kaiser Foundation study manifested that,

–elementary aged children use on average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technology, 75 percent of these children have TV’s in their bedrooms, and 50 percent of North American homes have the TV on all day.

Ofcom had devised a digital quoten test, where it was proven that, the distinct age group from 6 to 14 has more knowledge of modern high-tech devices than an adult.

–Among six to seven year olds, growing up with YouTube, Spotify music streaming and the BBC iPlayer, the average DQ (digital quotient) score was 98, higher than for those aged between 45-49 and who scored an average of 96.

However, the impact of tech-revolution on today’s children is somewhat complicated, having both benifits & costs. It solely depends on how your child uses technology & whare his/her thinking is being led by the mighty hands of internet.

Children Using Media Technology- Injects Concerns

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Computers, cell-phones, video games or MP3 players have now become an integral part of a child’s growth in contemporary era. The abundance of tech-toys in a kid’s life is not only controlling his/her physical & imaginative steers, but the development of social skills, empathy for others are also diminished by its presence.

So what is the impact of technology on the development of a child? The rapidly advancing pace of technology increases the physical, psychological and behavior disorders in a child, detected by the health & education experts. If the question arises where is the tech-overuse culminating, as far as a child’s life is concerned? The answer would be child obesity and diabetes, that has become the national epidemics in both Canada and the U.S. This does’ne end here. Diagnoses of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, developmental delays, unintelligible speech, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders are also reckoned to be the consequences of hackneyed technology, which is surging at an alarming rate.

There Are Reasons To Be Optimistic

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However, if being used with proper balance & conscience, technology can equip children to obtain expertise in various genres in life.Today the other side of the world can be accessed sitting at home with the assistance of technology. Technology is now being the common platform, where everybody from kids to teens can exchange their views, voice their openion on a specific issue & express their perspectives, leading to more understanding and connectedness to the greater whole.

As mindfulness trainer Maya Talisman Frost told TechNewsWorld,

–“The key to managing kids’ technology use is to establish clear ‘tech-free’ zones.”, it is important for parents & teachers to determine & drive the kids into the right direction towards the path of mighty technology. Kids need to learn that there are times when paying attention to those around you is of primary importance & technology should be given the secondary role.

A Positive Conclusion

Today technology has created a social landscape, where maximum amount of time in a 6 years old child’s regular day is spent with digital accessories. Today knowing where to look is becoming more important for children than actually knowing something. However, saying all this, it is also truethat access of technology has made our life much more flexible than ever. It completely & solely depends on us how we teach our next generation to endeavour for knowledge & the ability to lead a healthy normal life.

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