We all now live in what is called the digital age. A slew of gadgets and gizmos are available today that were not in existent even ten years ago. As it is, it is the younger generation that tends to adapt to this emerging technologies much faster than those who were born a generation ago.
Studies have been done on this issue and it has been shown that early exposure on these devices and emerging technology have more negative effects than positive benefits. Slow development, short attention span, difficulty in sleeping are some of the negative effects that were found. It also leads to less physical activities, interference with school work, aggression, obesity and exposure to inappropriate content.
Children that are under the age of two should not have any exposure to technology. Children at this age should learn by real-world experiences and interactions. They should be exploring their surroundings by utilizing their senses and indulge in physical activities that will promote motion development.
In a supervised environment, children from 3 to 5 years old should only have one hour of exposure to these technologies. It recommended that screen time should be from exposure to television programs that are educational and age-appropriate. From 6 to 12 years old, the exposure should be not more than two hours per day. For older children, they can be introduced to handheld devices such as tablets smartphones but parents should see to it that the apps that they are accessing are age-appropriate, educational and should be used for not more than two hours a day.
At the end of the day, it is still the parents that are responsible in supervising their children being exposed to these technologies.