Is there such a thing as too young when it comes to technology? By Rachel Stewart Image by: Mihai Dragomirescu – Flickr
Children have been sitting in front of television sets for years. Image by: byronv2 – Flickr
Now children sit in front of their computer or on a mobile device or iPad. Image by: Rebecca Trynes – Flickr
Image by: PhotographybyPaul – Flickr Are children learning to use technology at too young an age?
The touch-screen technology is a natural for toddlers – no surprise to parents who have watched young children instinctively reach out to television screens for their favouritecartoon characters. Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/934673--iphone-apps-a-hit-with-preschoolers Image by: WayanVota – Flickr
Toronto teacher Steacie Carroll is using the touch-screen technology with her students aged 4 to 14 who have developmental disabilities. Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/934673--iphone-apps-a-hit-with-preschoolers Image by: Dean Shareski – Flickr
Image by Sparky – Flickr There are positives of technology in regards to learning at a young age as children can use their tech-savvy skills all through their life instead of trying to learn later in life.
Image by: Dan Barbus – Flickr What about the negatives? Are children becoming too attached to technology?
Image by: Kohei314 – Flickr 87 per cent of kids aged between 4to 16 either owned or had access to a mobile phone Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety
Sixty per cent of children take their mobile phones to school some or all of the time Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety Image by: Larry Darling – Flickr
43 per cent of children have internet access on their mobile phones Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety Image by: 3dom – Flickr
With all these children on their phones all day are they being safe? Image by: beana_cheese – Flickr
With the rush of new technology and a way for children to communicate to a number of people all at once can any parent be sure that their child is being safe? Image by: livableregion – Flickr
In regards to safety, whose responsibility is it to ensure children’s safety? Parents? Teachers? Image by: David Chow – Flickr
9out of 10 parents believe their kids should be taught about mobile phone and internet safety in school Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety Image by: melystu – Flickr
Image by: annavanna – Flickr More than 40 per cent of parents conceded they wouldn't know if mobile phone bullying was an issue at their child's school. Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety
90 per cent of them believed it was not their job alone to teach children about safe mobile phone behaviour and that schools should get involved. Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety Image by: Kentucky Country Day – Flickr
There are dangers involved with technology with strangers able to talk to children on social media sites to peers bullying each other online.
The benefits involved with children using technology are productivity and creativity. Image by: Rachel – Flickr
Parents need to keep an eye on their children’s social media sites, on their texts, and on what they’re doing with technology. Image by: Jay Grandin – Flickr
Image by: Marcus Ramberg – Flickr The question of is there such a thing as too young when it comes to technology can not be answered by itself as all the additional questions need to be considered as well.