Childhoods are often spent running around all day on the playground while making new friends with other classmates. Games such as hide and go seek, tag, sardines, and simply just “playing pretend” are seen in elementary school everywhere, or they at least used to be the predominant games available.
According to Huffington Post, more than 75 percent of children have T.V.s in their bedrooms. Cell phones used to be a gift that people would purchase in upper education and now it is more common for five year olds to possess an iPhone or iPad, which proses the question: Are children too tethered to their technology?
Children need four elements to lead a healthy adult life: movement, touch, human interaction, and exposure to nature.
Obesity in children has become an epidemic in countries such as the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Children are more interested in indoor games rather than doing sports or even neighborhood tag. This has negative consequences because of the lack of movement can decrease a child’s chances of achieving a healthy adult lifestyle.
Children are lacking in sensory skills compared to previous generations because of the lack of face-to-face interaction. Our biological sensory development system was not prepared for our new technology-frenzied lifestyle. As a result, many children have developed sensory processing disorders.
Technology has had extreme improvements on society and the standard of living, but the change has also drastically changed the family dynamic. Because 50 percent of North American families have their T.V.s on all day long, there is less interaction between family members.
This “isolated” society has directly impacted children. Disorders such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, sleep, and sensory processing have been increasing in diagnoses and can be directly linked in early exposure to technology.
Children do not go outside and connect with nature as much as previous generations because of their love for computers and other “inside” technologies. Because of all these faults with childhood development, many children develop disorders that often result in early death, no employment, or no sustainable relationships.
Since children do not go outside, they are not as exposed to certain bacteria and viruses leading to weaker immune systems. There is also a biological need to go outside and receive vitamins such as Vitamin D. A child cannot get these essential biological needs by just staying inside and playing Angry Birds.
If parents would teach their children healthy habits, then they will continue to use those healthy habits well into their adult life. One can enjoy the benefits of multimedia in a classroom or in the home as well as leading a healthy lifestyle.