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The ways technology is redefining childhood.

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There's more awareness than ever that technology in childhood needs to be policed properly, by both governments and parents.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/digital-technology-changing-childhood-smartphone/
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There are some children that are so addicted to their phones or tablets that only half of seven- and eight-year-olds get the recommended daily hour of exercise. Moreover, the addictive design of many games and apps maybe rewiring your children's brains. Many of them are structured around"reward loops", which regularly dispense incentives, including a biochemical dopamine hit, to keep playing. The autoplay functions on YouTube and other video websites reinforce these rhythms.

According to the 5Rights report, entry into social media suddenly gives immature children a relatively independent space in which to test out"risky behaviors" that they can't necessarily understand or cope with. What’s surprising is that according to a US study, teenagers who spend more than three hours a day online are 35% more likely to be at risk of suicide.
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Do you agree with the report? How old do you think kids should be to have access to smartphones or tablets?
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This is alarming but not surprising news to me. I don't have kids but I believe that even adults should think twice of their smartphone use. I actually put a limit on myself because if I don't, I end up not accomplishing anything for a day.
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Since this is backed by data, I am more inclined to believe the article. However, it is hard for us parents to limit screen time because we won't get anything done; the children will be on our backs all the time.
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Everyone is so dependent on technology now. Kids are adept at using gadgets and parents need to be vigilant on what kids read on the internet. They could get influenced by the communities they join online.
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I've seen numerous mental and physical health issues that can happen to children, teens, and young adults when they spend too much time in front of screens, and too little time engaged with the people and activities around them. There are many areas of health and function that can be negatively impacted, and parents need to be aware of these problems in order to set expectations and boundaries that help kids develop healthy device habits.
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Parents should keep media screens in family areas so that a child’s media usage can be monitored, and TVs and computers should be kept out of bedrooms just to be safe. They'll still know what their kids are up to.
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Parents need to be models for their children. While we’re all embracing these great aspects of these digital devices, parents have to strike a balance, turn them off and spend real time with their children. The real world is a very important place for children to develop cognitive, social and language skills.
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Technology is making kids quite impatient and unable to deal with the idea of being bored. Kids need to feel and be bored. They need to know how to entertain themselves outside the functions of their smartphones or iPad.
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I don't think we know the extent of the damage technology will have in the children's upbringing until they are way older. It's hard and I believe that it's a judgement call for the parents to decide whether or not they would allow it.
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I am a parent and as much I would like to not allow my kids to have their gadgets but sometimes, I do just so I have some free time.
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I definitely agree!! Kids nowadays prefer staying indoors than outdoors.
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I think their childhood is defined by their gadgets. They don't play outdoors anymore. They don't even want to play board games anymore.
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I admit not having much time to teach my kid so I let her have her own tablet at a very young age. Of course, I choose which shows she can watch. I'd say that her being able to read now is in a big way because of the shows she watch. I know I don't teach her and she also doesn't go to school yet. At least for me, technology really helped my child.
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