Last week, I found a posting on Facebook of an article from Huffington Post titled “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12” by Cris Rowen. First, I read this with my mommy hat, but I quickly jumped to wearing my teacher hat. For the most part, technology usage by our students is out of teachers’ hands. But overuse of technology does impact the student we teach. Below is a snapshot of the “reasons” to ban handheld devices.
1. Rapid brain growth: Excessive exposure is “associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increase impulsivity, and decreased ability to self-regulate.”
2. Delayed Development: 1 in 3 children enter school developmentally delayed. This delay greatly impacts their overall academic success.
3. Epidemic Obesity: When a device is allowed in a child’s bedroom it increases the occurrence of obesity by 30%.
4. Sleep Deprivation: 75% of 9-10 year old children are sleep deprived due to their excessive use of technology.
5. Mental Illness: Excessive use raises the rate of depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, ADD, autism, bipolar, psychosis and problem behaviors.
6. Aggression: Due to the aggression viewed on technology, the U.S. has determined that media violence is a Public Health Risk because of its effects on children’s aggression.
7. Digital dementia: Excessive use causes brain pruning! Need I say more?!
8. Addictions: Parents who excessive use technology reduce the relationship they have with their children. Reduced parental relationships cause an increased risk of addiction.
9. Radiation emission: Wireless devices have been classified as a category 2B risk (possible carcinogen).
10. Unsustainable: “Children are our future, but there is no future for children who overuse technology.”
As educators, how do you think excessive use of technology impacts our teaching? Can we do anything about the use of technology in our students’ homes?
Here is the link to the entire article:
Row, Chris. “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12”. Huffington Post. March 6, 2014. online. March 13, 2014.