The use of technology-assisted communications to deliver and enhance health and mental health interventions emerged in 2000 and has proliferated rapidly
The use of technology-assisted communications to deliver and enhance health and mental health interventions emerged in 2000 and has proliferated rapidly (Pagliari et al., 2005). There are a lot of studies that discuss about the positive and negative effects of technology to toddlers. It is believed that early exposure to technology will help to develop and improve a child’s mental ability, when used appropriately.
Dr. Rosie Flewitt, of the Institute of Education at the University of London states that “In another recent study, we investigated the potential of touch-screen technologies for early literacy. We lent iPads to a Children’s Centre nursery (3-4 year olds), a primary school Reception class (4-5 year olds) and a Special School (7-18 year olds) and observed their use. The iPads were incorporated into practice differently within the three settings, reflecting their differing pedagogic approaches. Although staff had some concerns about the role of digital media in young children’s lives, they found that well planned activities increased children’s motivation and concentration, and offered rich opportunities for early literacy, including collaborative interaction, independent learning, communication and creative work. Furthermore, staff welcomed the opportunities the iPad afforded to make links between children’s home and school lives and to prepare children for a future where they would need high levels of technological competence and skills.” Mobile applications help in developing their social and interactive skills. The introduction of educational applications has result to new learning methods. There are fun games available on mobile applications that the students can use to help them understand things from a different perspective (Roy, 2017). It is important that they could learn and have fun at the same time. Technology can help to widen children’s creativity and is good for developing minds. “Research shows that most factual stuff we learn during the preschool period is not retained, but what is important is learning how to learn, how to arrive at answers and figure things out, a well-designed app can support that very much.” says Michael Rich, M.D.
Using mobile applications only become a problem if it hinder other aspects of children’s lives, including their grades, social activity and even their sleep (Ghose, 2013). Their sleeping schedule will most likely be messed up because of the bright light when using gadgets for a long time. It causes to disrupt a person’s circadian rhythms that can delay sleep. It may also interfere with children’s ability to learn essential, but mundane life skills (Harper, 2013). Too much screen time causes psychological effects to children in the long run. They wouldn’t be as social as those who got used to interact with other people. They tend to get shy and prefer to work alone because it’s difficult for them to socialize and create relationships even to someone close to their age. Excessive gaming causes their mood to change so easily, especially when they’re used to getting what they want and when. It is also believed that children who has more screen time than outside physical activities is more prone in gaining weight or obesity and high blood pressure since they do not get enough exercise. With that being said, parents should take them out to play dates without any technology, to let them run around and enjoy more outdoor activities at the park. It’s better to be reminded even once in a while that the world doesn’t revolve in tablets and smart phones. There is a whole other world outside that black screen that they can enjoy. The most important thing that parents have to keep in mind is, finding balance. Everyone can enjoy today’s technology while not missing out on other necessary activities in the daily life.