Children Addicted to Technology
Parents with common sense already know that Smartphones and Tablets are addictive. Research by the London School of Economics has shown that removing Smartphones from the school environment improves grades. In bygone times, when kids were playing in the garden or on their bicycles parents breathed a sigh of relief that they were not stuck in front of the TV. But we all know that Smartphones, texting, keeping up with... contacts via social media and just reading all the incoming information and links to websites of interest is a far more addictive process. Who can deny that they do not tend towards obsessive behaviour when they get involved in this parallel communications universe?
According to the LSE banning phones improved school test scores on average by 6%. The impact on underachieving students was much more significant -- their average test scores rose by 14%. Technology invades children’s space more and more and at an earlier age with the advent of child-friendly tablets and the trend to incorporate interactivity in pre-school toys and cuddly bears. Are we fuelling problems for the future by offering such “educational” products to our kids at an early age?
We at Logiblocs do believe that it is very important for kids to understand technology as soon as possible because their life will be governed by technology far more than was the case for previous generations. However, we also believe that it is vital for kids to develop a balanced, if not sceptical view, about the information they are bombarded with. Above all, it is important for us all to avoid becoming obsessed with the technology and this is the hardest part.
So the answer is to:
1) get on our bikes
2) breathe fresh air
3) look into the distance occasionally
4) be inspired by nature
5) take regular exercise and
6) limit smartphone and tablet engagement to only 23 hours a day in order to fit in 1 – 5 above!