Here’s an article which will be of interest to many of you, and will certainly spark some controversy, 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.
Recent statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics proclaim that children aged 6 – 18 should be restricted to two hours of exposure of technology per day.
Pediatric occupational therapist Cris Rowan is appealing governments, schools and parents to ban the use of devices for children under twelve years of age. In her plea, she cites ten researched-based reasons for the ban which include brain growth, delayed development, epidemic obesity, sleep deprivation and mental illness. (Visit zonein.ca to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research).
While such findings will certainly give us pause, we must also acknowledge that the figures do not apply in all cases. The key is balance. As parents and educators we need to ensure that devices and computers are not the only tools for recreation and learning. parents should engage children in outdoor sports, clubs and activities which promote social interaction and exercise. While educators should encourage other methods of research and project completion which do not require technology. Technology is here to stay and has many benefits, yet as in many things in life, moderation is key.