Parenting and Technology

PARENTING AND TECHNOLOGY 7

Parentingand Technology

Parentingand Technology

Technologyis an important tool that is essential in the everyday lives of bothparents and their children. The articles discussed in this paperdemonstrate the impact of technological advancements on parenting.Technology helps connect parents, teachers and students combined withall essential digital education attained, to curb digital illiteracy(Graham, 1995). In fact, all these articles highlight the fact thatdigital education is now offered in most schools.

Inaddition, to the many benefits that come with advanced technology,there are other negative impacts that are highlighted in thesearticles. The specific impacts that will be discussed in this paperwill show how parenting has been impacted. This is in relation to thetopic of discussion that revolves around parenting and technology useamong children. This topic is relevant because most parents,teachers, sociologists are impacted in this digital age whereattention has intensified with the use of technology in everydayliving (Survey, 2013).

Akey concept that is addressed in these scholarly articles includes arevolutionizing factorthat technology is bringing to specific family life. There are morechildren who are currently using ipads, smart phones as well as otherdigital devices such as laptops (Gold, 2014). However, these articleshave indicated that the use of these digital devices is not only seenin children, but more parents are adopting new streams of technologyuse. As a result every home is ending up with a variety oftechnological resources at their fingertips. This resourceavailability has increased the likelihood of improved or increasedforms of entertainments as well as learning opportunities (Hsin etal, 2014). The articles indicate that family life is impacted becausethis means that there is less interaction and communications betweenfamily members.

Presentlythere are many children advocates, public health groups, concernedparents and policy makers who are seeking to understand how familylives are becoming as a result of digital advancements (Villegas,2013). Therefore, these articles seek to sharpen and deepen anunderstanding of these effects. Most of the studies conducted inthese articles are mainly focused on those families with youngerchildren and they explore on exactly what happens in these families.It is important to note that the conducted research has exploredparents from all walks of life to have a deeper understanding andcompare relationship. Therefore the findings that are offered in theanalysis of the research methods employed, give complete quantitativenational findings.

Inaddition, there are some noticeable similarities in the researchfindings of the articles explored in this paper. Most parents agreethat the use of technology has become very popular and thuswidespread. However, for parenting this new development has not madeit easier (Bus et al, 2015). This means that most parents agree thattechnology use among children has made parenting a bit complex. Thereason why this is so, is because of the amounts of time thatchildren spend on their video games, movies or other forms ofentertainment. As a result, there is a decrease in interactionsbetween parents and children or within the children themselves. It isimportant to understand that communication and interactions in basicfamily life are vital for child development (Bus et al, 2015). Theuse of technology eliminates this essential need resulting tochildren who are withdrawn from the rest of the family members andtheir peers. This results to a difficult parenting because theresocial interacts are minimized between parents and their children.

Mostof the parents surveyed in these articles indicate that theytypically use technology in the management of daily lives. However,most indicate that they mostly prefer to use books and toys whenparenting their younger children. Parenting involves physicalinteractions with their children for instance, engaging in games.Findings that appear to be similar in these articles indicate thatmost children seem to be fascinated to technological devices morethan toys and books (Gold, 2014). The shift from toys to thesetechnological devices is more evidence in children aged eight yearsold. Additionally, the trend that is observed show that many parentstend to keep their children occupied with technological devices whenengaged in household chores (Hatch, 2011). This results to a form ofaddiction to entertainment that is offered by these technologicaldevices.

Anothersignificant finding that is similar in all articles is thattechnology played a positive role overly in the lives of mostchildren. This means that technology had a positive impact of thegrowth and development of most children. In particular, the socialdomain of children is impacted positively and the children seemed tohave improved interactions and collaborations, especially among theirpeers (Hatch, 2011). This is a significant step towards parenting asit enabled many children to interact from different cultural spheresdue to shared or common interests in particular technologicaldevices.

Inaddition, technology use among children has positive impacts towardstheir learning concepts (Hsin et al, 2014). However, it was importantfor parents to step in especially when children experience learningthrough technology. This means that parental regulatory concepts arevital during this learning period to ensure that children only accessthat information that is relevant to their age. This is simplybecause learning in children is conditioned by several factors thatfall under the adults, children and technological aspects.

Thereare some conflicting findings that are indicated in some articles.While some articles indicate that more parents are discouraging theuse of technology use during their parenting, there are is otherfindings that suggest parents encourage technology use. In this case,one article indicates that more parents have encouraged theirchildren to use technology as opposed to toys and books. For thisreason, there are technological devices such as laptops that are madeavailable for children as young as ten (Children, 2010). Manychildren under that age are increasingly becoming avid users ofdevices such as smart phones. However, these articles also sharesimilar sentiments that more parents are increasingly becomingconcerned with this high exposure of children to technologicaldevices during their young age.

Thereare arguments that have been offered in some articles that cite themajor benefit of technology use among children being prepared for theoutside life (Hsin et al, 2014). This is evidenced by the growing andthe current trend in the working environment that is highlycharacterized by technology use. More than sixty percent of jobopportunities available in the market today are technology related(Survey, 2013). This indicates a strong need of encouraging childrento explore and use technology devices as a measure of preparing themadequately.

Manyparents think that having technologically savvy children will makethem have a competitive edge in the outside world. However, allarticles also indicate that the growing use of technology amongchildren who spend more and long hours in technology devices hasnegative impacts towards parenting. One of the most cited negativeimpacts is children who become socially stunted, unhealthy andungrateful (Hatch, 2014). There are no any visible gaps in thesearticles as most indicate a strong concern in parenting as far astechnology use among their children is concerned.

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