These days, it is very common to see a child holding a bottle of milk in one hand and a technical gadget on the other hand. Younger children are getting more comfortable using computer or any technical gadget for that matter. It is amazing how young children know how to operate a mobile phone even before learning how to write their own names. This level of comfort with gadgets is attributed to the parents who allow their children to use their own computers, tablets, or mobile phones. As it may be beneficial for kids to learn about technology at a very young age, there are also unfavorable effects.
Children who prefer to tinker with gadgets may miss the opportunity to play active games with other kids their age. In such case where the child is always indoors, the social development may be affected. Opting to always stay indoors to tinker with gadgets can affect the social development of the child.
At an early age, it is best to get the child into sports. While tinkering with a gadget is inevitable, getting a child into a certain sport can enhance the confidence, stamina, and health.
While there are a lot of gadgets and software that can help a child learn, such gadgets and software must be treated solely as learning aids. The usage of the gadgets should be regulated and monitored.
Parents can take advantage of the modern wonders. However, there must be a conscious effort to teach the children the basics of learning. For example, reading a real book and practicing penmanship are basic learning experiences that cannot be replaced by any kind of gadget. Reading to the child at bedtime is much more rewarding than giving a child a new and shinny gadget, the time spent is more valuable than the price of any kind of gadget.
There will be more and more gadgets developed in the future. The evolution of technology is inevitable. But parents should be able to regulate and monitor the usage of such gadgets.