With the increasing popularity of smart phones, iPads and computers, these digital products have become a powerful tool for parents to coax and get rid of their children’s entanglement. Many young parents also believe that tablet computers and smart phones can not only train children’s hand eye coordination ability, but also teach children to read nursery rhymes and learn knowledge. However, children who contact computers too early are prone to become “stupid”, so don’t use them as early education products!
Here are some of the effects of computers on children:
(I) weakening thinking, imagination and creativity
With computers, children no longer need to do too much thinking. All they need to do is learn how to respond to the computer screen to browse the software. This can lead to children used to speculate about the answers hastily, not seriously thinking about the questions thoroughly, anyway, operating the software to see the answers is just a matter of hands. Most of the educational software developed by educational experts for young children belongs to the dead back learning mode. “At least 755 kinds of children’s education software are not suitable for home use,” said a US report Some software does not allow students to consider their choices beyond their scope. As a result, students’ imagination becomes narrow and rigid, and they lose their creativity and the satisfaction of being authorized to do their best to solve problems. The University of Southeast Missouri conducted a nine month study of 4-and 5-year-old children. The results showed that children who only received the learning of dead back computer software (for example, in reading) had a 50% drop in creativity.
(II) destroy writing, spelling and reading skills
Before the era of information technology, teachers taught students to write letters by hand. Some experts believe that the letters written by children themselves can help students remember the spelling of letters. They have a deeper understanding of the connection between letters and understand the meaning of the letters.
If you learn the alphabet well, you can read it well. Children who type on the keyboard don’t have to be proficient in alphabet because computers will correct their mistakes instead. Computers thus encroach on children’s opportunities to learn an important skill. If we let machines think for our children, then we are killing the wisdom of our next generation.
(III) weakening language and literacy skills
Most of the children who work with computers all day long are unable to communicate with others face to face. They become dull, unable to understand each other from other’s oral language or implied meaning, or understand the world through rich body language and expression.
Language experts warn: lack of communication is a permanent killer for children. In the long run, children may not be able to express themselves well in written language, fully understand what they read, or even understand themselves, because they do not understand logical and analytical thinking.
(IV) attention deficit
Children must learn to focus in order to achieve academic success, focus can promote children’s memory and listening and reading ability. With all kinds of designs in computer software and endless entanglements with the Internet, it’s hard for children to focus on a subject or a task. If parents arrange their children to go out from time to time in order not to let them sit in front of the computer for a long time, the dream of focusing on the same is even more out of reach.
(V) computer makes children impatient
As a result, a large number of impatient children are trained by computers. They are easily impatient with things that are a little bit slow and boring. Teenagers who often use computers become lonely and lonely. At the same time, children who are not in touch with computers spend their time playing with dolls and reading books. As a result, these children are gregarious, outgoing, full of curiosity and regret, and perform well in group work.
If you are interested in purchasing computers for your children, please pay attention to the following:
● put the computer in the place where your attention is accessible or conspicuous. Do not put the computer in the child’s room unless he is mature enough or has a sense of responsibility.
● if you find that your child has sacrificed his / her daily social activities for the computer, abandoned his / her studies, become obsessed with it too much, sleep too little, or become mentally decadent due to excessive operation of the computer, you must take decisive action.
● don’t only pay attention to the development of children’s computer power, pay attention to their physical health, don’t let them sit on the chair and stare at the screen all day, ask them to go out of the outdoor activities, physical games can promote physical development, healthy brain, research results show that: Children who like games will have outstanding performance in other aspects, such as language ability, social skills and imagination.
If you buy software, choose the types of children who are dominant (not passive), avoid buying software that is rigid and repetitive and have only one mode of answer, and avoid buying software that is full of video game colors, which is known for its “equal emphasis on education and entertainment”.
● make sure that your child takes a break away from the computer every 20 minutes, and the time to face the computer is no more than 45 minutes. No matter at home or in school, the total time for children to face the computer is no more than 4 hours a day.
In today’s dazzling era of increasingly updated electronic products, it is irrational and impossible to keep children away from digital products. Therefore, we should give correct guidance from the reality. If you want to know more about electric shock prevention for children at home, please continue to pay attention to the recent update of Baibai safety net.