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Kids Spending Too Much Time on Electronic Devices?

Kids Spending Too Much Time on Electronic Devices?

Parents have run into a big problem with their children; they become detached from the real world when they are busy spending too much time on electronic devices or staring at a screen.  Have they lost their social skills and their ability to navigate the real world?  How do you help them find a balance?

I fall into an entrepreneurial population. The label is common for those of us in Generation X. As part, I am involved in several businesses and I tend to follow a lot of companies. This morning, while reviewing company postings on LinkedIn, I came across the latest ‘Internet Trends 2016’ from a Silicon Valley venture capital group. The group describes the variety of upcoming ideas that shape the year to come.

Why does this matter in context to kids and education? Devices.

In our ever-expanding world of internet over the years, I have heard parents both condemn and uphold mobile device use by their child(ren). Grade school kids have been getting their own cell phones at younger and younger ages, and tend to use electronic devices before cracking open a book, and are exposed to learning through a screen than with a person. As a bibliophile (lover of books), I’m not standing on a soap box intending to take a firm side on using screens. When parents determine an age where devices are appropriate, I think that this upcoming generation (Gen Z) can and should embrace the technology along WITH the social soft skills.

The venture capital report states that internet video ads and the voracious appetites for all things ‘device’ are increasing around the world. We can certainly agree that each generation is being exposed to technology at younger ages, and that technology is impacting their daily lives with greater impact. Keep in mind that data is being compiled on Generation Z (2005-2025) and that demographic specialists are already forming concepts on Generation Alpha that will be entering the world. All of this technology bombarding our daily lives does not mean that social skills are dying. In fact, I think that children within each generation will have to learn both. Why?

Tech side: smart technology increases in the home and in the public spheres on a global scale.

Soft side: the younger generation can assist in creation, design, service, and customer service of the new technology.

Tech side: with each advance, attention needs to be given to who are going to be using it.

Soft side: intermediaries that can speak ‘tech’ as well as ‘person’ will be in demand.

Tech side: learning venues will increase the focus on video and live-streaming content.

Soft side: this next generation could help in development and delivery (with people skills).

Tech side: global and mobile web-based correspondence and marketing are growing.

Soft side: each generation will have to know how to TALK to others regardless of the method.

Tech side: Instagram and Snapchat are ramping up in use; Facebook continues to enjoy top billing.

Soft side: despite these channels being visual, they do require an understanding on connecting with the person on the other end of the image.

Outside of the scenarios above, countless experts have stated there will continue to be service areas that cannot be replicated by a machine.  Families and educators need to remember there will be a place for those who are inclined to connect directly with people. The majority of the population uses technology but not at the demise of working with human beings.

http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends (link to review the June 1, 2016 trend report)

Heather Lascano, shares professional experiences with conflict resolution, stress management, sensory assessments, and drug development research as it relates to advocating within the circle of influence around a child struggling with learning delays.

Written by Heather Lascano

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