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Is Technology Ruining The Memories of Childhood?

posted by onhold in "General"
August 4, 2017
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I took my daughter to her swimming lesson the other day. I looked across from me and every single parent was on their cell phone.  Kind of sad really that someone can’t sit and actually WATCH their child participate in an activity without being on a phone.  Kids grow up so fast and it’s those everyday moments that many parents are taking for granted. They are missing the opportunity to live in the moment. I would say at least once a week my 10 year old asks me why she can’t have a phone.  “All my friends have one, it’s not fair”!  I think to myself, YOU ARE ONLY 10! Are you serious right now?! I don’t want to lose my daughter to what I call “today’s technology induced coma”.

I remember when I was growing up the house rule was be home by the time the street lights came on. It was a great life; just my bike, good neighbourhood friends and the open road. LOL!

kids playing

Our young children are struggling to socialize in today’s world. Teaching your child to make eye contact and how to hold a conversation is an extremely important life skill. Whatever happened to knocking on your friend’s door to see if they wanted to “hang” and get some EXERCISE and fresh air instead of sitting there texting doing NOTHING…

5 reasons

Here are five reasons why children shouldn’t have cell phones: http://sahm.org/house-home/5-reasons-your-kid-should-not-have-a-cell-phone/2/

 

  1.  You may be surprised to find out that only 61% of youth use privacy settings on their social media sites and 52% don’t turn off their location or GPS services. This leaves their location visible to strangers and leaves children vulnerable.
  2. The phones really aren’t just for talking anymore. They are used for texting, surfing, social media, pictures, and yes, even “sexting”.
  3. All of this media time we are allowing our children to engage in, is harming their ability to socialize in real, one-on-one interactions.
  4. A study published in the journal, Computers in Human Behavior, found that 6th graders who went 5 days without exposure to technology, were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. It goes on to explain that this finding should be a wake-up call to schools to make sure they are not just shoving iPads into student’s hands as a teaching method. Instead, they need to make sure they are getting real face to face social interaction and less screen time.
  5. One study was from researchers from the College of Education Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Ohio on undergraduate students. They linked cell phone usage levels to GPA scores and anxiety levels. The higher a student’s cell phone use, the lower the grades and the higher the anxiety.
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Much to my daughter’s chagrin, I plan on sticking to my decision of no cell phone. I will revisit this when she is 14. Why 14 you ask? At that age she will have reached a certain maturity level and be able to properly take care of a phone. Plus, at 14 she will be more independent and need a phone to call or text me especially for emergencies.  Now I just want her to enjoy being a kid and enjoy the great outdoors. Who’s with me?

  • Carrie
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