In recent surveys, it is proved that the rate of toddlers using media technology has increased tremendously. In fact, most parents download applications precisely to entertain their children. Although it is not scientifically proved whether there are any health effects; the use of technology has its advantages and disadvantages.
Some studies have shown that media technology can be utilized as an educational tool. According to Joans Ganz, some of the applications are used to improve the child’s spelling levels (11 Pros and Cons of Children Using Technology, 2015). Also, some of the games played can boost creativity. Hence, the child can increase their knowledge capacity and at the same time have fun doing it. In addition, technology, especially use of computers, can enhance motor skills. As the child is constantly typing, he or she exercises the fingers, and this comes in handy in the development of the child (11 Pros and Cons of Children Using Technology, 2015).
Technology is not only beneficial but also has its downside. Most of the gadgets used involve two parties (the user and the screen); hence reduces time spent with other kids. Therefore, this may result in poor social skills. Media and its content has been observed to be addictive, and it is a common trend. Thus, the child may lack self-stimulation. Also, toddlers spend a lot of time on the television screens; reducing physical movement which is necessary for muscle building (Strasburger, Wilson & Jordan, 2013).
In conclusion, it is clear that there are certain pros and cons of using media technology, and it’s hard to take a particular stand without scrutinizing in detail the positive and adverse effects of the same. Although media plays a huge role in the child’s life, it is important for the parent to adhere to some rules. Therefore, regulating the time spent by kids on technology.
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Strasburger, V. C., Wilson, B., & Jordan, A. B. B. (2013). Children, Adolescents, and the Media.