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How the Negative Impacts of Online Learning Can Be Reduced: 4 Tips

Ruby writes from the Philippines. She teaches Campus Journalism and other courses in HEI. She enjoys reading and traveling as her pastimes.


How Negative Impacts of Online Learning Be Reduced?

People often only discuss the advantages of distant learning that the epidemic has brought about. The terrible, however, inevitably follows the good. Let's investigate them for you!
Having spent the last two years largely online,Guest Posting The emotional and social health of children has become a new area of concern for the educational system. According to research, children's reading, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication skills may suffer as a result of the growing use of technology. However, technology was initially made available to spread information; as a result, it may aid in children's learning as long as it is utilized as a tool and not as a way of life. The overall negative impacts of extended technology usage will be discussed in this article, along with strategies for mitigating them.

What studies show

Recent study found that children who used smartphones during pandemics had greater PTSD symptoms. According to Lingyan(2021), "PTSD symptoms of adolescents directly aggravated their academic boredom, and indirectly affected academic boredom by increasing their dependence on mobile phones." Memory and sleep are affected. Online education has grown rapidly in the past two years, allowing most youngsters the option of learning from home as an alternative to public school. According to research, 39% of US children aged 5 to 8 use smartphones everyday for 64 minutes, which indicates online schooling has tripled children's screen time, whether on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Parents and kids have witnessed the negative effects of increased technology use, including attention, sleep loss, exhaustion, and stress. The influence on children's physical health has led to obesity, cardiovascular disease, muscle loss, and mobility concerns. The situation seems grim for children's mental and physical health, yet they may be protected with parental guidance and community activities. Here are the detrimental effects of long-term technology use and ways to avoid them.

Technology's effects on general health

Children may be exposed to mental health difficulties, particularly through social media platforms, ranging from sadness to social anxiety. According to Facebook research, the overall idealism, the picture-perfect image that social media promotes, may encourage poor self-esteem and a rise in suicide owing to sadness and self-worth issues. In addition, technical devices use AI algorithms that make it easier to access online material, whether via text auto-filling, auto-correcting, or a streamlined user interface that just requires a single click. The brain becomes used to utilizing a little portion of its capability as a result of all these simplifications. How exactly can technology harm children's mental health, and how can it be avoided?

Distortion of the self

According to a psychoanalytical view, infants enter the mirror stage about six months old. The infant develops self-identity at the mirror stage when they can perceive themselves as an autonomous individual in the mirror. A youngster who uses technology often from a young age may lose the capacity to justify oneself as someone with certain features. For instance, young girls who follow celebrities' social media accounts could have the mistaken idea that if they imitate their actions, they will one day look like them and lead the opulent lifestyle that is advertised on social media. These young girls could wind up wearing and posing improperly for their age; moreover, as their bodies go through the normal cycle of change, they might reject the inherent disparities between their actual bodies and the distorted, false images of them.

Children can be taught the value of privacy (body exposure and publishing personal information on social media are unsafe), the differences between people (diversity is positive, people should not be and look the same), and how to take unfiltered photos of their children and compliment them on their appearance.


Diminished critical thinking

Children are not encouraged to apply logic or mathematical thinking since technology makes everything simpler; as a result, they won't be able to correlate, compare, or contrast ideas.

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Provide tangible and interactive games like chess boards, puzzles, and Rubik cubes as a kind of defense;
Play enjoyable mental games with your kid;
Engage your youngster in routine tasks like shopping or cooking (all of these include mathematical procedures);

Decreased empathy

Children who play virtual reality games may believe that their actions have no negative effects on other people or animals, or that if they endanger themselves, they can always "restart" the game. Children may be encouraged to make risky judgments as a result of this concept.

Engage kids in gardening activities as a kind of defense so they may learn how to respect and take care of nature. Encourage kids to volunteer at animal shelters; This will teach them responsibility and provide them a boost in self-esteem, relaxation, and enjoyment as they watch the plants develop.

Poor physical condition

Too many research show that using computers or other electronic gadgets excessively has an impact on healthy body postures and muscular development. Additionally, studies show that technological generations have bone and muscular diseases including arthritis, cervical spine discomfort, spinal disc herniation, or even cardiovascular illness at a much earlier age. Diseases that used to manifest over the course of 50–60 years now do so at 20 years or older.

Plan extra time to spend outside, whether it is via leisurely strolls, hiking, or travelling;
Enroll your kids in physical education classes, sports, and other activities that require movement.
Play classic outdoor games like hide-and-seek, jump rope, and hopscotch with your kids;


Final Thoughts

Having all things considered, spending more time in outdoors and with other people rather than using technology is the simplest method to combat its detrimental effects on our general health. Children learn best through observation, so if they witness their parents participating in enjoyable activities that don't include the use of technology, they will inevitably swap out technology for healthy activities. Lastly, parents may guide and encourage their children with these words from the Scripture that says, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" Colossians 3:2, (NIV).

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Ruby Campos

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