Is technology a good thing for children? Some parents think it can be a great education tool. But others think that plopping a kid in front of a desktop, tablet or smartphone is just plain lazy.
A recent study shows that 52% of kids surveyed between the ages of 5 and 8 have used tablets and smartphones. The same study showed that 10% of the kids under the age of 12 months have used a tablet or a smartphone. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Another question is whether too much time using technology makes people socially awkward. In one study conducted by Badoo, 39% of those surveyed spent more time socializing online than face-to-face and 20% prefer texting or communicating online to talking face-to-face. Does that mean that children who use technology grow up to be socially awkward?
In a more recent study, Kindergartners in Maine who used iPads in the classroom ended up scoring better on literacy tests than those who didn’t. Students in the iPad classes outperformed non-iPad students, on average, across every literacy measure they were tested on.
What are your thoughts? Should there be an age limit for kids using technology? If not, then how much is too much? 1 hour a day? 2 hours a day?
And if you do allow your children to use tablets and smartphones for entertainment, what are the best apps you’d suggest? Do you even know what apps your kids are using?
Read the infographic below and let us know your thoughts.
Courtesy of: Schools.com