The outreach of technological innovations has added a sense of ease in our daily lives. While many see this as an excessive dependency, others simply rejoice the tech-advancements. As a result, the presence of technology has made its way into the lives of children. Starting very young, kids have become tech-savvy and their learning too revolves around their devices.
At an early stage
‘Learning begins at home.’ Rightly said! Parents feel overjoyed when their child attempts to speak. They feel content as they figure out that their child is adapting to his/her environment and making use of the speech organs. While some start talking early, some take time. The words heard have no meaning for the child, but they gradually try and speak what they can register. Then there are gestures, signs a child makes to interact. One says the child is a fast learner if an action made by them, is repeated by the child. At such a delicate age, learning is pretty much limited to this.
But today, you give a child of that same age a smart phone to play with, you will be surprised to see the difference. The interactive features of a simple touch phone make all the sense to a kid. The speed at which they start understanding the functionality of phones or other similar devices will leave you amazed. One is seen discussing how their child deleted all the photos, downloaded a new game or clicked a picture, even if a blurred one.
I see more kids using tablets today. They’ll understand all terms like the internet, wi-fi, downloading; will know how to connect, watch videos, even if they ask you to type what they want to see. As they start going to school, a lot of play and learning has a digital feel giving access to the latest technological tools for learning. Smart classes, computers, e-learning outside school, e-books for children and more such developments are present today.
So is smart technology really making kids smart? If this transition is good or bad remains debatable. But the fact that it is present and becoming an active part of a child’s life (in its various forms), cannot be disregarded. The pros and cons depend on one’s outlook but there is certainly a need to form a balance.