This article is titled The impact of technology on the developing child and is written by Cris Rowan.
As described in the text, the article highlights various key points and issues with the ways technology impacts the developing child.
Modern technology has created a bombardment to children’s sensory stimulation which then has a negative impact on childhood mile markers such as movement skills and literacy skills. Younger generations today now gather around their electronic devices such as tablets and televisions instead of friends and family
According to the article, to achieve sustained healthy childhood development you need access to four critical factors. They are movement, touch, human connection and exposure to nature. These are sensory inputs that are vital to the health and growth of young children. Instead due to an overload of technology a sensory imbalance is created. This can negatively affect a brains anatomy, chemistry and pathways making them permanently altered or impaired. This defiantly poses a challenge for modern families. As a result of living with participatory culture as a societal norm, being able to balance the necessary human connection with children is crucial as ever. It is very clear that the type of media literacy skill needed is being able to monitor children’s involvement in participatory culture. The article takes the stance that as teachers, parents and therapists we need to give society a wake-up call to realize the devastating effects technology is having on children. These can be found on our children’s physical, psychological and behavioral health, but also on their ability to learn and sustain personal and family relationships (Rowan, 2013).
Recent research suggests that young people and adults live in fundamentally different media environments, using communications technologies in different ways and forming contradictory interpretations of their experiences (Jenkins, 2006). The gap between the different media environments of older and younger people needs to shrink (or close). This way society can become more alert to the many technologies that are harmful to children and the various solutions to aid the problem.
Jenkins, Henry. “Eight Traits of the New Media Landscape.” Confessions of an AcaFan. 6 Nov. 2006. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.
Rowan, Cris. “The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 29 May 2013. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.