Technology is everywhere. No matter which wake of life you belong to, the existence of technology has become inevitable. This generation, the Generation Z as we refer to it, is definitely growing up in a world which is increasingly dominated by technology. Look left, look right, if you are reading this in the premises of your home, then also you’ll find yourself overwhelmingly surrounded by technology, no matter which direction you’ll turn.
A new research conducted in Australia has revealed that an average Australian household has a minimum of eight internet-connectable gadgets and devices. Managing Director Foad Fadaghi of Telsyte, a technology research company based in Australia, has recently found out that “some of the families in the country have about four tablets or internet connectable devices which are in complete working order. However, the families do not hesitate to pass them on to acquire newer models. Also, there are families in Australia that have around 20 connectable devices which are in daily use.”
Children who grow up in such households have more computer related skills developed at a very advanced level as compared to children who were born a decade before. In Australia, according to the research conducted by Telsyte, babies as young as nine months of age are actually self-learning and teaching themselves to use tablets, computer, iPhones, iPads and what not.
According to a news report in Sun Herald, more than two thirds of the total 88 mothers who were interviewed for the “Babies: One Year On” project reported that their one year old children could successfully operate their favorite apps and functions on iPads and tablets. Mothers believed that these electronic gadgets have been providing successful distractions and occupational habits for their young children.
Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg is, however, totally against the technology parents hand over to their young children. According to him, these “electronic babysitters”, as he refers to them, have never and will never compensate for hands-on learning for children. Children need to learn about the real world and it can also be taught to them with three-dimensional play. They need to interact with human beings and technology certainly doesn’t manifest that.
Technology has overwhelmingly engulfed our lives. Parents need to understand that children, as young as one year olds, need to interact with adults more than technology. It is only then that they will get a clearer understanding of the world around them and how to tackle it once they reach the practical age.