Sadly, most children, teens and adults are not getting close to the recommended night’s sleep and you can see this clearly in futile attempts to sleep in on the weekends to pay off our mounting “sleep debt.”
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Immediate gratification is most certainly one of the reasons for a child or a teenager not being able to pay attention in school and it is a powerful one. How can school, even when technology is added as part of the curriculum, ever compare to the lure of an action video game?
And I find it amusing (and somewhat disconcerting) that people make excuses to escape whoever they are supposed to be spending time with so that they can check in with other people who may not even be real-life friends.
There is now ample evidence that technology and our busy lives overly stimulate our brains. And most family members are immersed in technology all day long, often for hours on end without a break.
A detox is an interesting idea but, quite honestly, it does not tackle the problem that our brain is often the culprit in setting up a feeling that we must constantly check in with our virtual worlds or we will miss out on something important.
With technology evolving so rapidly and our brains remaining the same, we have to learn to covet our most prized possession — our humanware.
It’s Time to Be a Parent and Not a ‘Secret Diary Reader’: A Response to ‘Cyberparenting and the Risk of T.M.I.’
My suggestion is to be that unique parent that talks to your children about dangers and works with your child from a young age to build their trust. That way, when they receive a communication that makes them feel uncomfortable , they will talk to you, their parent, about it.
The critical questions are: Is this bad for our children? Is it wrong to provide them the most up-to-date tools for both entertainment and teaching? Is it wrong to want to see our children smile and grin as they watch their favorite videos?
In a typical family system there should be a hierarchy of knowledge and power with the parents at the top and the children at the bottom. When it comes to technology, however, often that hierarchy gets turned upside down
Our study found that if a student checked Facebook just once during the 15-minute study period, he or she had a lower GPA.