Help Your Child Address Their Technology Addiction (part 1)

Children today are not learning how to read maps, make phone calls because of GPS, phone book, but what if the device is broken, out of battery or no signal?

According to a 2019 survey of technology company Roxi, UK, children under 14 years spend an average of 23 hours a week on smartphones and other technological devices. For teenagers, this number amounts to almost 50 hours per week. It can be seen that children gradually become dependent on technology that limits many social skills. Here are eight young life skills to learn to limit technology dependence.

  1. Read the map

In a present day, GPS is popular and easy to use as long as the device is pre-installed, has Internet, and is full of battery. Nevertheless, what happens if a child’s device breaks down, runs out of battery, or a child strays to places where there is no signal?

For adults who have lived through an era of underdeveloped information technology, map reading skills are important so there may not be a problem with GPS. Children who grow up with technology are different. Reliance on GPS, electronic maps can limit spatial awareness and visual judgment skills.

  1. Call and text

Texting, emailing, video calls are the skills that teenagers today know, but not all know how to speak politely, professionally with each group of people. Many children like to use abbreviations and slang, but it is only used in the case of talking with friends and people of the same generation. With older adults like professors, bosses, or in formal settings like work discussions, they need to be taught how to talk appropriately.

Not only that, although the phone number can be stored in a mobile device, but parents should also remind their children to memorize the phone number of a relative, in case technology cannot be used.

About: Jon Little