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.
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!