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How Technology Affects Children

In 2017, many of us live our lives around technology. We’re on our computers from 9 – 5 and then often times will spend the rest of our night watching Netflix on the TV or surfing the web on our personal computers. No matter which way you look at it, technology is one of the biggest aspects of our lives.

Looking back at our childhood, we didn’t have the same technology that we have today. However, children are very much at the forefront of this technological revolution that we are going through today. In fact, by the time they enter middle school, they may have a wealth of information about the technology that is in use today. But how does this affect them growing up?

 

Social In A Different Way

The biggest difference between ourselves and our children is the way they interact with their peers. Think back to when you were a child – when you wanted to contact a friend, you would have to wait for your Mom to hang up the home phone, or go outside and walk over to their house to see if they were available. Those days are now gone for the newest generation of kids.

Studies show that up to 60% of children aged 10 to 11 have their own cell phones. This means that they no longer have to make the trek to their friend’s house to see if they’re home – they can simply text them. This is having an impact on children’s social lives in the sense that social interaction is now often times happening online rather than in person.

 

The World At Their Fingertips

While many people make it seem as though technology has been the worst thing to ever happen to this generation’s children, there are many benefits to be had. One benefit is the wealth of information the internet provides children with.

Children’s brains are a sponge that are always absorbing information. Whether a child realizes it or not, they are always learning new things around them. If you’ve ever talked to a child, you know how curious their minds are. They always have a question on their mind, ones that even as adults, we don’t always have an answer to.

The internet provides them with a platform to find this information. If they want to know why an apple is red, they can find out. It’s like having millions of school books all in one place, and can really benefit a child’s learning experience.

 

Internet Safety

Of course, internet safety is a huge concern – and even more when it relates to our children. It’s incredibly important to monitor children’s activity when browsing the internet in order to ensure that they aren’t going places they shouldn’t. It’s also important that they know everyone they are in contact with online – as you don’t want them interacting with less than favorable people.

Luckily there are tools to monitor children’s activity online. They are programs which can block certain websites, turn off internet access at different times and monitor the websites that the children are going on. In any case, it’s important to monitor your child’s internet activity until they are much older!

 

We are living in a time where technology has taken over. It’s hard to escape, and it’s a great idea to introduce children to it slowly so that they can learn to use it safely. Technology isn’t slowing down, so stay on top of it with your kids!

 

 

 

 

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Anxiety Disorder Vs. Nervousness

Often times we hear stories about people with mental illnesses and wonder to ourselves, “Do I also have a mental illness? This is only natural – in fact people who have mental illnesses themselves don’t often know they have one. This can often lead to self-diagnosing and in turn can take a dark path toward self-medicating by abusing drugs and alcohol.

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Anxiety Disorders

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When Nervousness Is Not Normal

The differentiating factor between nervousness and anxiety disorder is when a fear becomes irrational and takes over your life. If you find yourself feeling out of control over things that other people you know have no trouble with, you may have an underlying disorder. The problem is, many people are making the mistake of mistaking their nervousness as anxiety. If you have to talk infront of a crowd – it’s rational for you to feel nervous. However, if you find yourself fearful of doing everyday tasks such as crossing the street, driving, or going to work – there may be an issue that needs to be addressed.

 

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