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Posted 9/1/15 , edited 9/1/15
Considering that the technology we have to day, as in our smartphones, computers, TV's, Video game console/ handheld, etc.It all has become readily more accessible to the point that even kids who don't have conscious awareness are using them.

My question is this, what implications/ problems do you think might occur in the development of extremely young children who use the technology we have today?

What problems have arisen with pre-teens and teenagers so far through our interaction with todays tech?

Now I would also like to hear the adverse, the good that came out of all of it so far and the good that might come out of it.

I would also like to note that I want people to speak on the social and psychological development of young children towards early adulthood and the way they interact with society and with themselves .Not the technology.
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I think the technology is becoming a crutch for both social interaction and critical thinking.

Just personal opinion.
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It will be good for them to learn to program at an early age.
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They had this commercial where the kids were telling the adults they could watch when and wherever they wanted from their phones and tablets. But the way the kids acted, they were like a bunch of know-it-all, disrespectful. Kids, you know that gadgets of yours don't run with batteries. They run from the money your parents work hard for.
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They should have classrooms that can block phone network signals and network Wi-Fi. When it's study time, it should be study time.
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I would type in websites for little kids flash alphabet or car games for my little brother. One day, when he was 3 years old though I I looked at him funny and asked him how he got on the website himself. He then goes up to the menu bar, goes to show all history and then proceeded to scroll down the list and show me.

That was truly flabbergasting for me and I won't forget it. They're so smart sometimes. I know I started playing games too when I was that age. I share my steam games with the kid and make sure to restrict him from any online communication (of course).

I think there isn't too much implication other than the poor mannerism from online communities. Just have to make sure they have healthy amounts of else and restict them from bad things just as you did movies. I do things like pokemon hide and go seek edition and hide a bunch of pokemon action figures around the yard. I also take him to the movies and stuff, I go with my little brother the most lol. The last one I took him to was Jurassic World, he really wanted to watch the dinosaurs. He loved it but I did have to hold his hand at one part.

Anyway the kids are fine, you just have to be a part of their lives still and not let them get all their entertainment off of video games and such alone.The kid learns a lack of responsibility from you, not technology.

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When you use technology, it usually sets you away from social interaction, which can make the children grow up to be socially awkward adults.
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My niece is only 2 and she uses the smartphone.. somehow she's also obsessed with watching stuff in other languages haha. It's very weird but she looks too cute watching video after video on YouTube.
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As someone who's around teenagers every day and IS a teenager themselves, I can tell you that my generation is way too attached to their phones and other devices. Because of this, not only do many of us lack proper social skills, but you'll have two people sitting right next to each other not saying a word because they're on their phones texting someone else. I've even seen some people have their phones turn into an object of comfort so to speak, as in they'll start fiddling with it in awkward or boring situations. I mean, that's no different than sitting in on a lecture or a class and chatting with your neighbour the entire lecture. Not only is it disrespectful to the one speaking, but you're missing out on learning and useful information.

I also found that people will act much differently on the Internet than they do in real life. And I don't just mean their personalities. With the advent of social media like Snapchat and Instagram, people are doing possibly life-ruining things like sending nudes and other messages that could be used as blackmail by others. Normally when people talk, they kind of have a filter that prevents them from saying whatever they're thinking. Like, "Hey, if I say that x person might be offended. Better not." It's different when it's over text or something. They absentmindedly type whatever they're thinking into a box and press send before they think about whether they SHOULD send it or not. Before they know it, boom, their entire social life just blew up in their face and they're moving across the country, all because of a few buttons they pressed. It could affect them their entire lives. (I might be exaggerating a bit, but this kind of stuff has happened before.)

That said, some good things come with today's technology addiction. I'd argue that our generation is much more informed than the previous ones, mostly due to our constant access to phones or computers. News spreads like wildfire. This kind of goes back to my previous point though.

None of this really matters though. Society has gone too far incorporating technology into our lives, and we have to take the negative influences along with the positive ones. Some people might start lacking social skills and some basic etiquette because of it, but there's no way we're turning back now. And please note that I'm not saying EVERYONE is like this, just a lot of them.

I can't speak on your first question about really young children as I haven't seen enough of it to do so. I kind of find it odd when there's toddlers with iPods and iPads though. Sorry if I went off topic or if this doesn't really make sense!

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ayesharocks wrote:

When you use technology, it usually sets you away from social interaction, which can make the children grow up to be socially awkward adults.


That, as such a broad statement, is completely wrong.
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You stayed on topic and I agree with you on most of your points. I would like to add while there is the potential for being informed the potential to be misinformed or disinformed is also there.
Also the point you made on getting a sense of comfort is an interesting one as I've been trying to see if there was any connection between a mother archetype(something or someone that is comforting and protective) and projecting that onto some of the technology of today.
Thanks for the insight especially since your still in school and can very well observe whats happening better than I can.
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I read somewhere that Bill Gates and other leaders in computing/technology would not let their children go near a computer until there teenage years, that might be a statement in itself.

I think as long as it is managed correctly then it is fine. It has been on the news today that most parents agree that video games are better for education than going outside and playing...I can see their point in that but at the same time going out and messing around is important too.

The sooner children get used to the tech we are using it maybe better, it's only going to become more prevalent and even I sometimes feel left behind. I do agree with the above comment that critical thinking and concentration may suffer. It has become too easy to look something up on Google and skim over half the story and miss the point entirely.

Pretty sure every generation has some reason to panic. Books were thought of as a bad influence, then it was moving pictures, Rock n Roll, TV, Personal Walkman's... every leap in technology is seen as the demise of some way of life for us, any maybe one day it will ring true!
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Some toddlers these days can recognise Google. It's a handy way to get some information. The problem would be if technology is used as the only way to learn. Some social awareness and a lot of social interaction doesn't translate well via technology. Some children may have trouble developing correct speech if their access to technology is not child appropriate and they have poor family contact. Technology can also help a child become multilingual with the right programs backed up by their families. children should be able to handle time with and without gadgets at their finger tips. Children these days have gotten used to have entertainment at their eyes at a fast speed. Some find it hard to go outside for a walk and enjoy their outside environment. It's too easy to not have a healthy balance. I was once in a park in a boat in the little lake and whilst we were rowing by there was a couple in a pedal boat, both heads down, hands on phones texting away. They might as well have been elsewhere.

When it comes to language some are having trouble writing. Yes we have smart phones now but some are starting uni and sending in essays in text talk, not realising that this isn't acceptable. There's a time and place for different ways to communicate. Children and young people need to be fully aware and adaptable to this.

We're still working out good online etiquette now. Some are abusing their right to have an opinion. We have cyber bullies, trolls, cyber stalkers, cyper groomers, cyber blackmailer etc. We in the UK only recently got a law to handle revenge porn where an ex puts up what was private nude/sexy pics/films of their ex partners . We have people who are foolish enough to put up their opinion on their jobs without having gone through their job HR to address complaints then get surprised when they've been fired or warned.
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Technology is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. I can tell you why it's good and why it's a sign of humanity's imminent doom...
Pros:
-It allows information to get around very quickly, and teens know it. The other week, some crazy lady threatened to bring a gun to school. Half the school knew it by the next day, including the principle and resource officers: thus, she was promptly taken into custody after getting off the bus.
-It allows people to be more informed. Now, kids don't have to take their parents' word for it, which is good in my area, because southerners can be crazy. The Koreans aren't trustworthy either.
Cons:
-Whenever the teacher gives us free time, it ;ooks like the class is praying. Because they're all bent over their screens.

...And many more, but I'm lazy.
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This is somewhat of a moot point. The tech exists therefore children will interact with it.If a child grows up on a horse ranch they interact with road apples directly.It's bad if you step in or eat them, and it's good if you don't.Let children interact with tech that they can handle both emotionally and developmentally because they have to compete in society using that same tech . Parents can decide on the latter two criteria.
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