Technology has become an integral part of our lives, but also of our children. Thus, the Internet is today an unlimited source of information in all fields, but it, although beneficial for knowing who uses it, can also have a number of negative effects on children’s development.
All children must be educated from an early age to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet, tablets, and smartphones so that they are used correctly for their benefit, and not to the detriment of their cognitive or physical development.
Education in the use of the Internet is essential, with the help of which a child can avoid falling into the trap of today’s modern technology.
The benefits of using the internet and mobile phones
• The vast information that the internet makes available to the child when he wants to be informed, for example, for the realization of a school project.
• Development of cognitive and psycho-social stimulation of the child and improvement of temporal-spatial orientation, reaction time, and attention, through games either on the computer or on the phone.
It is known that today students use the phone more for games and relationships than for finding answers to various questions.
• Frequent use of search engines also makes students more adept at remembering where they can find the information they need instead of memorizing the information itself.
Thus, the brain is no longer preoccupied with storing a large amount of information, it can commit to devoting more time to other processes such as critical thinking or problem-solving.
• With the help of mobile phones, children can be in constant contact with adults.
Negative effects of tablet and phone use
The effects that the use of the Internet has on children are closely related to the way it is used, but also to the time spent in front of the computer.
Some researchers believe that the frequent use of the Internet and the telephone by children is harmful, primarily because it can be addictive.
Moreover, their long-term use can have unpleasant consequences on children’s physical and mental health. Thus, he can isolate himself from schoolmates, his friends, and also from the family in favor of virtual friends.
The trap of social networks is very big for any school-age child. Thus, social networks encourage the use of abbreviations in online interaction, and chatting with abbreviations will later have a negative impact when it comes to homework, implicitly in the correct writing and speaking of the Romanian language.
The key is to control the time a student spends in front of their laptop or phone in the virtual world. There must be a perfectly functional balance in the use of modern technology and the daily life of a child.