We certainly live in the age of technology. Smartphones, computers, tablets, game consoles, literally flood the market, and most of the time, our homes. Children, like adults, are receptive to this technological revolution and do not remain unaffected by it. What is observed in today’s children, even in those of younger age groups (under five), is a formidable ability to know how to use technology. It is no longer uncommon to see young children mastering and confidently handling smartphones, computers, tablets, and monitors.
Once the technology has entered the good of our lives, the question that arises automatically is how all this technological “miracle” affects children.
How does technology affect children?
Playing and playing with technology kids can provide parents with instant peace of mind, but on the other hand, wake up and hidden concerns about whether the screen and gadgets can harm the child.
Research has shown that screens can be beneficial for modern greek language learning, and the more interactive experiences they offer, the better their performance. Children between the ages of 2 and 3 were more likely to respond to videos they viewed on screens when prompted to touch them, than when video on the screen required no interaction.
In another word – learning test was found that children who interacted with the screen performed much better, responded much faster, made fewer errors, and learned faster than children who did not have this interactive experience.
Other research has shown that technology helps develop skills. For example, it has been found that good quality software and software can help children with greek language learning disabilities (and not only) develop incomplete skills such as concentration, memory, sequencing, and observation.
It has also been found that the virtual reality of the screen using appropriate programs can boost children’s confidence and help them develop confidence in themselves and their abilities in a way that may not be able for the child to experience the same comfort in other places for example in the classroom. The child’s self-confidence and confidence in themselves can then be transferred to school to improve their performance.
Also, in many schools of abroad as well as in Greece, technology has begun to integrate into the education system and classroom to facilitate children’s learning modern Greek language and active participation, and the results so far have shown technology to have a positive impact.
At this point one could say all this well, but what happens when technology begins to take on other dimensions and end up being misused.
In any case, technology in the form of computers, smartphones, and tablets, good or bad, came to stay. Software, applications, and programs that are marketed can facilitate and enhance Greek learning language, but this requires parents to control the use and quality filtering, as well as the knowledge that parents will once serve as a role model for their children with the use they make of themselves.
It is therefore very important for parents to control both the time and the quality of the child’s activity with technology to benefit from it. The time children spend with technology and all that it entails must surely work for their benefit and not deprive them of other valuable experiences such as quality time with parents, spontaneous playing with friends and their experiences.
What has changed now?
Nowadays, digital education systems have matured and it’s easier to exploit than in the past. The technology has improved greatly, while the costs and connection internet speeds have reached very attractive levels. The facilities have great potential for improvement now.
At the same time, there are open source or non-open source applications, as well as a wealth of educational material, and tools, built on a socially-based educational philosophy and a large community of experts around the world is constantly supporting and improving.
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