Debunking the Fear Mongering Tech Myths
Let’s face it: technology scares people.
There were plenty of folk who refused to use that new-fangled telephone when it first came out, and the idea that technology-dependent media was an automatic brain destroyer is at least as old as radio and only gained strength through the TV decades.
Now computers and the Internet are the major culprits turning our youth into unintelligent, anti-social, consumer-centric blobs, according to many crunchy mommy blogs and fear mongering save-you-from-yourselves pundits.
We call bull$#*!, and we think it’s time to set the record straight.
Kids Can Learn From TV
It’s true. Despite the fact that we hear “TV will rot your brain” from pretty much every corner, the fact is that kids can actually learn from television shows.
It’s important to note that all TV-watching experiences are not equal. what is being watched and the context of the watching both impact the outcome of every hour spent in front of the tube. Age-appropriate programming, especially when watched with a parent in the room, can actually give kids a significant cognitive boost.
Playing Video Games is Sort of Awesome for Development
From fears of creating more violent kids to the standard, “Can’t you find something better to do?”, video games—whether on a console, a computer, a tablet, or a phone—have been a popular target of condemnation by the fearful anti-tech crowd.
Research has shown time and time again that there is no discernible correlation between playing video games—even violent video games—and showing more violent tendencies in adulthood, and just like TV it turns out video games are great educational tools.
In fact, video games of all sorts can contribute to development in numerous ways, including building better critical thinking skills, enhancing hand-eye coordination, aiding with social development, and engaging in long-term strategic planning. Your five year old might not be ready for Grand Theft Auto, but there are plenty of games out there that will keep them engaged and get them educated.
Screens Stop Screams
Screentime is serene time, for kids and parents alike. That doesn’t mean you should use TV and video games as a way to placate your tots any time they raise a ruckus.
It does mean that time spent in front of a screen—especially with a parent in the room—can actually reduce fear and aggression in children while giving moms and dads some needed downtime to recharge and go back to being super parents after the next commercial break.
We’re not advocating screentime ahead of other activities, either. In fact that supposed “either/or” choice is at the heart of most fears regarding technology’s hastening of our society’s demise. Kids should play at the park, and get skinned knees on the patio, and they can engage with technology in developmentally productive ways that will better prepare them for the world they’re inheriting.
Screens and technology aren’t going away any time soon. It’d be nice if the fears surrounding them did.
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