The Impacts of Technology on Children

The Impacts of Technology on Children

Children today spend an average of 6 – 8 hours in front of the computer or TV but spend only on average less than 10 minutes a day in a unstructured outdoor play. More than 69% of children age 2 – 5 can operate a computer mouse and even a gaming keyboard. An average of 25% of small children can even open a web browser while statistics show that only 20% of small children can swim unaided. More 2 – 3 year old kids can play a video game whether its on a computer , Smartphone or Tablet while only 52% of kids can ride a bike.

 

Statistics and Reports of Technology

A report by the Children and Nature Networks warns that the mental health of the 21st. Century kids is at risk because they are missing out on the exposure to the natural world enjoyed by passed generations. As part of schools curriculum children have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while learning physical and mental skill development techniques.

 

Further studies also shows that twice as many kids as before aged 2 – 7 can play with a Smartphone application while only 11% of them can tie a shoe lays. 28% of Young children can make a mobile phone call while only 20% can dial 911 in case of an emergency. Consumer reports revealed that American shoppers spend $1.8 Billion on mobile phones during 2015 and these numbers will only increase over time with new technological advances hitting the markets.

 

Technology impacts teens as well. More than 56% of teens say they have been targeted with some sort of online harassment while 29% of teens confirmed to be posting mean information or embarrassing photos of themselves or someone else on the World Wide Web.

 

A further 21% of teens say they have received nude photo’s from others and half of those performing those acts say that they felt pressure into doing it. 55% of Teens has given out personal information to strangers including photo’s, home address and age. And more than 30% of teens had their personal information made public without their permission. Something has to change because technology has negatively impact our future generation. It’s up to us as their guardians to monitor and teach our children about staying safe online.

 

Final Thoughts

After all not everything is bad about technology. Technology help us improve our health, lesson our workload, connecting with people and loved ones across the globe and even monitor our homes when we are at work or on vacation.