The Negative Effects of Technology in Child Development

effects of technology on child development
effects of technology on child development

The number of hours that children spend on their devices and technical gadgets has increased exponentially. This is causing a lot of parents to feel alarmed as there are several negative effects of technology on child development.

It Slows Down The Brain

Nowadays, children do not get enough exercise. They spend most of their time with their gadgets. This lack of exercise is extremely bad for their physical and mental health because it can slow down their development.

In addition to this, extreme use of technology may cause kids to become dyslexic which can cause their brains to not grasp things quickly enough.

Outdoor activities and more exercise are important in kids’ development stage as they can encourage positive behavior, enabling them to gain confidence.

It Increases Risk of Cancer

Cellular phones and computer screens emit radiation which can increase the risk of cancer, especially in young children. This is why even the American Society of Cancer also discourages the use of such devices.

It Delays Cognitive Development

The cognitive development of children between 2 to 3 years old can be adversely affected if they use devices for long periods of time. At this particular age, kids should learn and develop visual skills, spatial skills, and motor skills in order to lead a normal life. Such skills are developed by playing outside or by exercising.

It Causes Eye Strain

A lot of children face eye problems when they sit in front of a television or a laptop screen for hours on end. These devices emit radioactive rays that can be very harmful to the eyes of children because they are still developing.

In addition to this, eye strain can lead to eye fatigue, blurry vision, and focus issues, which can be very irritating and dangerous.

As stated by the U.S. Center for Disease and Prevention, children that spend 8 hours a day playing video games and watching television can experience vision problems. Children may develop nearsightedness when they spend too much time with gadgets and…

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