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5 Tips: How To Handle Overdependence of the Children on Technology, in Today's World?

Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

“It was one thing to use computers as a tool, quite another to let them do your thinking for you.”

― Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October

Children over dependence on technology

Children over dependence on technology

Too much dependence on technology, has given rise to depression and stress among young minds.

Too much dependence on technology, has given rise to depression and stress among young minds.

How would you react, if you have to live without your smartphone or computer for a week?

One of my friends, had gone for an outing, with her family. It was a remote area, quite far from the main city. Though, the family enjoyed the trip and the family time, they had no access to the Internet, over there.

While the elders were feeling somewhat uncomfortable, since they were not able to contact friends and family. But, it was the behaviour of her young children, which filled her with anxiety. They were feeling depressed and withdrawn. The reason being that they were not able to play their favourite computer games, watch the videos, or log on to their favourite social media websites.

While it’s impossible to disassociate ourselves from the technology, in the modern times, but we should also realise about the disadvantages, of our over dependence on technology.

This is definitely unhealthy, both physically and mentally, especially for the young children. It’s not difficult to understand, the signs of this excessive dependence on the technology and the gadgets, of the children.


Over dependence of children on technology

Over dependence of children on technology

Smart phone, a necessity today!

Smart phone, a necessity today!

Real activities vs Virtual activities

Over dependence on technology:

Some two decades earlier, the children playing in the playgrounds or parks was a common sight.

But now, most of the children, all over the world, are hooked to their electronic gadgets---whether it's their laptop or computer or their smartphone.

They love playing games, on their electronic gadgets, rather than on the playgrounds.

It would not be wrong to say that, they are their real life partners.

Today's children, have almost the entire world, at their fingertips.

While the computers or other electronic gadgets, do increase the knowledge and keep people connected to the whole length and breath of the Globe, some of their disadvantages cannot be overlooked.

Adverse effects on the general Health:

The Health experts all over the world, are cautioning and expressing their concerns, about the adverse effects of this particular problem, mostly among the youngsters and the children, in particular.

1. Spending too much time with the electronic gadgets, leads to an acute reduction of the physical activity, and that is why obesity is common in the children of today.

2. When a child or a young boy or girl makes the 'Virtual' world his obsession; in other words, if they make these devices, their best friends, with whom they love to spend time with, they find it difficult to face, the complexities of the 'Real' world.

3. These youngsters find it difficult, to cope up with the reality and it might result in psychological problems, such as loneliness, depression or stress.

4. They might even find it difficult, to mix with the real people or even their relatives.

5. Another important aspect is, that over dependence on technology, can affect the learning abilities, and concentration of the children.

The Children being dependent on the calculators, for simple mathematical calculations, has become very common.

Gone are the days, of complex mental calculations.

6. Addiction to the gadgets, can even interfere, with the day today routine, such as sleep disorder, eating schedule, physical acticities etc.

7. A sudden stop to the electronic devices addiction, can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms, just as it happens, in any kind of addiction.

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

~~Bill Gates

Technology: a boon or a curse

Technology: a boon or a curse

5 Tips to deal with the Children, who are over dependent on technology:

  1. Both the parents and the teachers, should try to explain the dangers of over dependence on technology, to the children and the youngsters.
  2. The Schools should have guidelines, for the online conduct, and explain the students, about the appropriate use of the electronic gadgets.
  3. To encourage the children, to pursue some physical activities, such as outdoor games in the morning and the evening. To encourage them to learn and play sport, like the basketball, football, lawn tennis, swimming etc.
  4. To encourage the children, to join some group activities or hobby classes, such as music or musical instruments, dance, cooking, painting, art or, craft etc.
  5. To engage them in the community activities; such as the stage shows, plantation drives, cleanliness drive in the residential areas, other extra curricular activities etc.

To Sum up:

The real test of the academics, is in real life, where one has to provide the practical situations, to the problems or issues.

One is expected to apply the knowledge, gained from the academics.

The child should not merely reproduce the knowledge, he has learnt theoretically.

It‘s important to apply, analyse, and ask for reasoning and be able to face obstacles and find solutions.

Therefore, it‘s important to develop, inter-personal skills, communication skills, motor skills, and to be able to adjust at the workplace, where teamwork is very much required and essential.

Technology is a friend and a guide. One should not become it's slave.


Over dependence of children on technology, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2018:

Thank you Peggy Woods, for your kind words of appreciation!

Nowadays the kids are so much dependent on technology that it’s a cause of concern. It affects their health adversely. Everything is done through technology and children are the worst affected.

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 07, 2018:

This is certainly a parent's responsibility to strike a balance between children's use of technology and getting some good fresh air and exercise away from cell phones, laptops and the like. Spending time with family and friends is also important in order to develop social skills. Your post is certainly important and topical.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 01, 2014:

Thanks AudreyHowitt, for your visit and appreciative comments!

Audrey Howitt from California on April 30, 2014:

Just an excellent hub with very practical ideas!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 20, 2013:

Hi krushnach80!

Thanks for reading the hub and your positive comments! I am sorry, for responding so late to your comment, as I did not receive any notification about this. I just visited this hub to update it and saw your comment.

Thanks!

krushnach80 on June 28, 2013:

nice article madam...very very well written

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 29, 2013:

Thanks emilybee, for visiting and commenting. I appreciate your insightful comments and observation--- the dangers of excessive dependence on technology of today's children.

Thanks and have a good day!

emilybee on March 28, 2013:

This is so true that technology is such as huge part of children's' lives. iPads are even incorporated into a lot of schools, even at the elementary levels now. Kindergartners and 1st graders glued to their iPads, at school!!! They are supposed to be used as a learning tool; yet the teachers don't know how to use them that way and use them as a reward, as playtime, and thus the kids just want to play on their iPads all day. It's sad, really.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 30, 2012:

Thanks MarleneB, for visiting the hub and leaving your valuable comments.

Yes, there is a need to strike a balance between using electronic devices and the traditional teaching methods. Many may disagree though, as technology has become a necessary tool in our lives.

Thanks for your comments.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 29, 2012:

Like you, I see fewer and fewer children on the playground. In fact, when I visit my grandchildren, I automatically assume they would be happy if grandma took them to the playground, but instead they would rather get on their electronic devices to play games. Your tips are very helpful in getting grown-ups to strike a balance between using electronic devices as a learning tool and engaging children in face-to-face connection with people to gain better people skills.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 21, 2012:

Hi sgbrown!

So pleased to have your valuable comments. You are right, parents have a great responsibility to see that the children develop writing skills , analytical and reasoning skills and get involved in physical activities too.

Thanks for your visit and vote.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 20, 2012:

Kids spend way too much time on computers and cell phones these days. My grandchildren will come over and when I tell them to go outside and play for a little while, they don't know what to do! We live in the country, as I child I would have loved this place, so many things to do and places to explore. It is parents responsibility to see that the children develop skills such as writing and get exercise outside. This is a very good hub! Voting up and useful! :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 10, 2012:

Yes, I share your views DDE. Thanks for reading the hub and giving your valuable feedback.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 10, 2012:

The simple things at one time was a best pleasure now things have changed and most individuals are fast learens with modern technology but they lack normal communication with family friends.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on December 02, 2012:

always welcome chit

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 02, 2012:

Thanks unknown spy, for your support and appreciation.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on December 02, 2012:

an excellent and well written article chit.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2012:

Thanks Ericdierker, for your comment. Very true comparisons, I do agree with you.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2012:

Thanks idigwebsites, for visiting my hub and giving your valuable feedback.

I completely agree with you that earlier people used to get pleasure in simple things, for example, a hand written letter from your dear ones, in the home letter box was enough to make us happy.

And yes, the school grades ------they were so hard to achieve, even after putting your hundred percent into it.

But life is unthinkable without technology now. May be ten years from now, people would not think the way, we are thinking. We belong to an age, which has seen both the times, with little bit of technology and with lot of technology. Future generations are going to see much more technology than this.

Thanks again.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 26, 2012:

If there becomes a Us versus Technology. Then it rests in the heart of the parent. If there becomes a love of life versus anything. Then it becomes a tool.

idigwebsites from United States on November 26, 2012:

Now kids can't have their day completed without checking their cellphones and Facebook minute by minute. And kids are always impressionable by what's new and flashy and would do anything just to be "in" on technology. It's a tough challenge; it's the parents' responsibility on how to balance it with dealing with real life and activities.

My own generation is lucky that we grew up living with simple pleasures. Learning in school though, was hard, and we had to rely solely on our abilities, patience, and perseverance to make the grade, and these exactly are the qualities kids seem to lack today because of new technology.

Very interesting hub, thanks for sharing. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 26, 2012:

Thanks FSlovenec, for joining in again. You got my point.

Talking about GPS-----how much simplified life has become!

For every ' How to's----' and 'Why's-----' and DIY's, Mr. Google is available 24x7.

Thanks again.

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on November 25, 2012:

You are so right the skill of math in the head, composing a sentence, spelling without spell check..using the technical capabilities to extend our capability rather being dependent on them...I love technologies and have been deeply involved in computer technology since the early 70's it is great, I would not want to live without it but I still want to be able to write clearly, do math in my head quickly and the latest remember how to get places without the GPS...good discussion..thank you

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 25, 2012:

Thanks Ericdierker, for joining in again. I agree, we must protect and preserve the writing skills of our children.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 25, 2012:

Thanks FSlovenec, for joining in and giving your opinion.

You have rightly pointed out, that some of the skills are missing now a days. The students are more dependent on internet for their projects and assignments. Everything, every information is so readily available, that they do not want to exercise their own brain. This might lead to problems later on, when they are faced with real problems, where they have to use their analytical or reasoning skills.

Thanks for your visit and comments.

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on November 24, 2012:

It was not the ability to "write" it was the ability to write in cursive for thank you notes with a personal touch..the intern was helpless, the business owner had the intern practicing until the person was good enough to write professional looking...

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 24, 2012:

This is our job as writers to protect and preserve writing skills.

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on November 24, 2012:

We were at dinner the other night with our neighbors. Both of them have their own business and have the opportunity to employ college interns. The interns are graduates who are interested in learning the photography or the specialty fresh flower business. They described very intelligent young people who neither knew how to write or answer the phone. They can type extremely well but the verbals and legible writing skills are non-existent.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 23, 2012:

Thanks Ericdierker, for your kind visit and valuable feedback.

It is really very difficult today to live life, the way it was done 20 years ago. But still we can keep on reminding our children to be careful and avoid the problems--- over dependence on technology may cause. Make them aware of it.

Give my love to your little son.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 23, 2012:

The balanced life is most important.

My Son - pronounced me sahn) will be on his computer today. Mickeys clubhouse and Elmo's world. He will start up the computer and find those programs by himself on a laptop.

But we will go to the park, Pet store/zoo, ride the trike around a long block. Play some "soccer/football" and go see the big trucks and tractors at a construction site.

My Son is not yet 3 years old.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 22, 2012:

Thanks flashmakeit, for the visit, comments and appreciation. Dependence on technology is inevitable, in today's world. Only important thing is to balance our activities.

flashmakeit from usa on November 22, 2012:

I do not have children but that was am excellent article and I believe that I am very dependent on technology.