Children and Digital Devices- 1444610

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Running Head: Children and the Digital Devices 1 Children and Digital Devices Name Institutional Affiliation
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CHILDREN AND DIGITAL DEVICES 2 There have been several argument on how young should a child be introduced to technology; some argue that young children should be allowed to use digital devices at any given age while some oppose this notion. Technology is growing rampantly in our societies, and the likelihood of children being exposed to digital devices at an early age is so high. Almost everyday activities that involve children such as schoolwork, online gaming and networking/socializing revolve around the world of technology. It is, therefore, hard to find ways to prevent these kids from getting exposed to the use of computers to access the internet, use phones for games and networking and other digital devices. Therefore, there arises the debatable issue on whether young children should be allowed to use the digital objects or not. Those proposing the issue of allowing the young generation to access digital devices at an early age state that gone are the good old days when children used to play outside all the day building forts, riding bikes and engaging in other sports activities. According to Dooley, Gattenhof, & Dezuanni, 2015, nowadays, almost seventy-five percent of the children spend their free time on entertainment technology such as television, video games, cell phones, the internet and use of iPads. This is because in this 21st century, everything is all about technology, and a child requires the internet to do his or her schoolwork, to communicate with friends and do other recreational activities. The proponents suggest that introducing young ones to digital devices increases digital literacy, which is as important as reading or writing (Ross & Payne, 2010). Those who support the introduction of digital devices to young children believe that the benefits of getting them exposed to these devices overweigh the downsides. These devices exist everywhere around the world of young ones at home and in school. At home, the digital tools are available since parents require objects such as the television for entertainment, phones, tablets and laptops for communication and networking, and gaming devices for recreational activities. In
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CHILDREN AND DIGITAL DEVICES 3 schools, teachers require these devices too for their research and communication. According to Heider & Jalongo, 2014, there is no way that one can keep the children off these devices, yet they are being used in most of the places that the child spends most of his or her time at. Among the advantages of introducing young ones to technology is that they can get the experience at a young age, which enables them to be more creative and more conversant of what revolves around the technological world. Such an early exposure to devices such as the computers makes it easier for them to complete some of the home research works from school that requires the internet. Also in the later grades, some of the coursework assignments need to
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