Three Shocking Facts About the Affect of Technology on Children

Tyler iphone wizardCan you tell me what is unusual about this picture of my grandson, Tyler? He was three when this picture was taken.

There is nothing unusual about the fact that he is playing on my cell phone. At this age he was capable of changing most of my settings, which is way more than I was capable of.

There is nothing unusual about the trance like look on his face.  That is often the look of children engrossed in some kind of internet activity. Read on to find out what is unusual.

He is actually looking at me. Occasionally you can find all six of my grandchildren buried in technology, unaware of anything or anyone around them. The older children will sometimes be engaging in two or three kinds of activities at once. Listening to music, playing a video game and texting all at the same time. Multitasking.

Is this a harmless form of babysitting or is something more sinister happening. Dr Joshua Straub in a recent post entitled “Is technology harmful to my kids” reveals that:

Children ages 12 to 18 spend nearly two hours a day texting alone.

8 to 10 year olds, average almost 8 hours a day.

Those ages 11 to 18 spend more than 11 hours per day.

Dr Straub suggests,  “the relational and psychological effects of these numbers on our kids are mind numbing (pun intended):

  • Our kids are getting dumber:
  • Our kids are becoming more self-centered:
  • Our kids care less about others:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (these are the neuroscience researchers studying the brains of our offspring) now suggest our kids (and this includes teenagers) limit screen time to a maximum of two hours a day apart from homework.

What do you think?

We are seriously thinking of making our home a “Tech Free Zone” when the grandchildren are here. The greatest problem is that we will have to put down our own computers and phones and actually interact with them!

[reminder]Has technology affected your ability to communicate with your children or grandchildren? Your comments are always read and greatly valued.[/reminder]

Read Dr Straub’s entire post here