The impact of technology on children’s development

Research shows that children aged from three to five years old are able to handle smartphones, tablets and PCs, but many of them cannot do even simple tasks such as tying their shoelaces. In this three-page article, Maganews discusses the impact of technology on children’s development

We live in a world that is increasingly dependent on the Internet, on mobile phones and other technological wonders that are very useful at work, at school and in the most varied activities in our daily lives. Children aged from three to five years old know how to handle tablets and smartphones, although many of them still cannot tie their shoelaces or memorize their home addresses. In recent years several studies have been carried out into the relationship children have with the wonders of the digital world. According to a recent study by AVG Technologies among 6,000 people from 10 countries, 66% of children aged between three and five years old know how to play computer games and 47% of them know how to use smartphones. On the other hand, this study revealed that only 14% of these children know how to tie their shoes. This study revealed that 97% of Brazilian children aged from six to nine years old use the Internet and 54% have a profile on Facebook. This AVG study, called Digital Diaries, was published last year.

Vocabulary
1 to handle – lidar com
2 to tie the shoelace – amarrar o cadarço
3 increasingly – cada vez mais
4 development – desenvolvimento

Children & Technology – Part 2
Technology in childhood: the risks and the benefits
Some experts believe that spending a long time on the Internet and watching television is bad for children. That said, other studies claim that technology helps in children’s development

The Canadian therapist Cris Rowan believes that a child who is overexposed to various types of media may have problems in learning and at bedtime, and be at risk of Internet addiction. Another problem is that hours on the internet and watching TV means less time for physical activity, so children run the risk of becoming obese. According to Rowan, such children may also suffer from attention deficit disorder and have a lower level of concentration.

The good side of technology
On the other hand, a survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust, in England, in 2014, suggested that children who use tablets and smartphones to read books and stories on perform better than children who read only printed books. For Jonathan Douglas, director of the Trust, using technology helps in the development of communication skills and language in the first five years of a child’s life.

Vocabulary
1 bedtime – hora de dormir
2 addiction – vício
3 printed book – livro impresso
4 skill – habilidade

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