True or false? If my children don’t access technology they’ll fall behind.

True or false? If my children don’t access technology they’ll fall behind.

Do you believe that limiting your child’s access to technology might put them behind other children who access technology regularly?

If so what are you basing this on – a feeling or evidence? Have you come across research studies that have shown that children who have restricted access to technology have physical, social or psychological delays?

No? Nor have I.

3 Things To Consider

But let’s explore this a little further together. To help you make up your mind, here are a few things you could consider.

First, experts in the high tech industry can provide insights. Parents at the forefront of technology innovation (including the late Steve Jobs) have been reported in the press to restrict and in some cases even prevent their children from accessing technology.

Second, some schools restrict computer use until later stages of learning including Montessori schools and Steiner Waldorf Schools.

Third, perhaps you could consider in what way a child might fall behind. Is it being able to use various technologies – i.e. to type or swipe on a tablet, phone or computer screen?

No Evidence That Children Fall Behind If Technology Access Is Restricted

If adults of all ages are able to learn to navigate technology successfully, children can too and probably more quickly. My recent search of the literature did not turn up research studies that specifically explored whether children who have restricted access to technology access fall behind in terms of specific measures of development.

I also spoke with a colleague who stays abreast of the research in the area of technology and children, and I received “yes I get asked this question a lot, but no research study springs to mind.”

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Is The Potential Exposure To Harm Worth It?

Finally, you could ask yourself the question: “will the benefits of being able to use technology outweigh the potential harms of exposure to technology including language and social delays as well as changes in brain structure?”

If you would like to know how to navigate your child’s use of technology to minimize the harms and to maximize the benefits, then you’ll find the video course “Technology and Children 0-11: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown”, to be a valuable resource.

 

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Technology is not going away and so parents need to be able to make informed decisions about TV, phones, games, tablets and computers. As a parent, by understanding the harms, you can feel confident in your decisions and explain why you’re limiting technology to your children, rather than a general statement like “it’s not good for you so you need to stop” or “because I said so”.

By being able to show your child the negative effects of technology on their body and their mind, they’ll know you just want to protect them from harm. By explaining to your children how technology can be used in a positive way – it’s a win win!

If you would like to know how to navigate your child’s use of technology to minimise the harms and to maximise the benefits, then you’ll find parenting expert, Dr Rosina McAlpine’s video on Technology and Children 0-11 years – the good, the bad and the unknown a valuable resource.

Dr Rosina’s approach to parenting is all about helping you to be the best parent you can be and to connect with your children so you can teach them how to succeed in the world. You’ll be able to create more loving relationships and a more peaceful home.

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‌• Recommended guidelines for technology use by children 0-11 years.
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‌• Education and awareness as a parent, so you can make the most of technology for all members of your family.

Knowing the latest research findings on how much is safe for children and how much can have negative side effects, where to get help to find the right kinds of games.

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About Dr Rosina McAlpine

Dr Rosina McAlpine, developed Win Win Parenting as a busy working mother. Rosina is an internationally recognised educator and researcher with five teaching awards and five best paper awards. She holds a Masters of Higher Education and education-focussed PhD. Her research interests include education theory, curriculum development, assessment, gender equality, work–life balance and parenting.

Rosina began her journey into parenting and child development over 9 years ago when she was confronted with important parenting decisions and was given extremely conflicting advice. Simply wanting to be the best parent she could be for her child, as a researcher, she decided to find evidence-based parenting practices. Concerned with the lack of research-based parenting books and hence sound information for parents worldwide, Rosina has been interviewing experts and engaging with the latest research from a range of disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, education and epigenetics.

Integrating the knowledge, her practical experience and the skills she’s acquired over many years of working in this area, Rosina has developed practical and innovative approaches to parenting, including programs that empower parents to help their children develop key life skills like good self-esteem, communication skills and resilience. As a busy working mum herself, Rosina has edited and authored several parenting and child development books for modern-day busy families.

Source: This article originally appeared on Win Win Parenting “True or false? If my children don’t access technology they’ll fall behind.” and is used by permission.

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