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Do electronic devices help or hurt children's development?
Giving devices (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) to children is valuable for their development.
Giving them devices with no restrictions negates development value by reinforcing the negative side effects of device use (overuse, dependency, information bias.) Modelling and teaching responsible use has tremendous benefits.
Devices are helpful in furthering children's educations.
Kids can entertain themselves.
Devices can benefit parents by offering them greater control over their children's development.
Devices quench a childs curiosity as they have unlimited acces to a huge bank of information. But certain restrictions should be kept so children don't accidentally stumble upon age restricted content.
Device usage can impede children's physical development.
Devices can negatively affect children's social and psychological development.
Using devices in school can negatively affect children's grades.
Many kids are drawn to videogames, and other means of instant gratification. By starting little and teaching them that a device should not be treated like a toy, but rather like a vast database of information, one may be able to avoid negative impacts however.
Boredom sparks creativity
but with a smartphone children are never bored and don't learn to be creative. See
The brain is not trained when children always use smartphones to get an answer for a problem rather than trying to come up with a solution on their own.
Should children own a smartphone?
Should children be allowed on social media?
Should all children should be taught to code in school?