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Positive and Negative Impacts of Electronic Devices on Children

Updated on November 6, 2015

Nowadays, children as young as two play with electronic devices. These devices include video games, television, mobile and apart phone apps, computers, tables, and PSP games. Children tend to be active consumers and many electronic products are targeted to the youth market. It is also true that parents use gadgets and devices to keep their children quiet and in one place for a period of time.

Electronic devices can be useful but also have negative impact if they are over-used. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of allowing a young child to use a computer or electronic device.

Benefits of Using Devices

• For children younger than preschool age, electronic devices may help to stimulate the senses and imagination. Some use may help to promote listening ability, learning sounds, and speech.
• Electronic devices and games may encourage cognitive learning and the development of analytical skills. This may in turn help children build innovative thinking and investigation skills, strategic thinking, and creativity.
• Using computers may improve manual dexterity and build computer literacy.
• Mastering games builds confidence and develops hand-eye coordination.
• Games that encourage players to move up levels and earn high scores may help develop mathematical and engineering skills, as well as the motivation to meet goals.

Drawbacks of Using Devices

• A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children spend more than seven hours per day on an electronic device on average. They can use electronics, but do not know how to tie their own shoes or swim.
• It is important to children to spend some time for outdoor activity with family and friends. The times spent on the devices may curb some outdoor activities.
• When children play violent games for a long period of time, they are tends to be more aggressive. They are more prone to confront their teachers, peers, and relatives.
• Children who spend significant time on devices may have difficulty concentrating on their studies.
• Excessive computer exposure can be addictive. This can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, poor health, time management, and eating habits.

How to Manage a Child's Computer Exposure

It is impossible to completely eliminate electronic devices from a child's life, but there are ways to decrease their negative impacts.

  1. Know the rating of the game and television programs your child wants to use or watch.
  2. Do not set up electronic devices in a child's bedroom.
  3. Make media rules. For example, place a time limit of how often or long a child is allowed to use an electronic device, including games and television.
  4. Monitor your child's media consumption, including video games, television, movies, and the Internet.
  5. Communicate with your child about what they observe in video games, television program or movies. Ask them how they feel about the media they have access to and discuss it with them.

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      Aseel 32 hours ago

      It is true

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      Toast McCool 4 weeks ago

      They should put a blog on how to control children who play at night.


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      ian 5 weeks ago

      its funny how a article writer can come with so many grammatical errors, its a good article but next time DOUBLE CHECK YOUR WORK, its so important

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      Hizashi 6 weeks ago

      Good but this is the worst grammatical article I've ever seen

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      Ben 7 weeks ago

      This is so useful!

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      kim 8 weeks ago

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      Shuana hiba 5 months ago

      Electronics helpes us to do home works,projects etc but its harmfull also like if we listen song at high volume our ears get damage people's are not thinking about that just using it.

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      manjeera 8 months ago

      wow! that's interesting. thank u for uplading this matter in inter net it helped me a lot for my activity thank u soo much

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      HENK 8 months ago

      electronics are AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!

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      SUBHADRA KRISHNA 9 months ago

      It's not our country's regulation to do that work

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      it helped me 99 percent in my elocution tnx a lot

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      shweta 10 months ago

      not bad but you should not only blame the children for this parenys also play some role in framing the child's life

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      RABBABABA 13 months ago

      useless comments.

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      hgggf 15 months ago

      This is horrible.

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      Saransh 15 months ago

      Very bad

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      HARSH 16 months ago

      Good Article but why blameing only kids

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      Shrishti 17 months ago

      Nice article

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      Aditya Shiva Sai.Agganoor 20 months ago

      One of the great article I have ever read in my life till now. I love this

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      Dylan 20 months ago

      Games are not bad,but some are but no one can blame it even parents are playing games on mobiles!! Anyway good article and dont blame everything on kids.

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      ketika kishore 20 months ago

      good content written but lots of grammatical errors are there ..... :-$

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      nancy 20 months ago

      it is good. will u plz tell me about positive impact on teen's of electronic gadget?? I shall vry thankfull to you..

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      kartik sharma 20 months ago

      i like it it is superb it help in my school

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      siddharth rajora 20 months ago

      It's very beautiful article. Very important to children .

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      Pooja 21 months ago

      Nice but see that no other article lot of grammatical mistakes

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      harsh i am also 11 years old 22 months ago

      ### good

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      vatsal 22 months ago

      did not help much for the competition but is a good article

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      vishal dutta 23 months ago

      It was great but there was grammatical mistake..

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      Kindergarten teacher 24 months ago

      Superb. A very good article for parents to read. I can understand it clearly. It's not an English class article. Thank you.

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      Name 2 years ago

      I agree

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      Amar and Sabita of chitra 2 years ago

      Thank you for this article.

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      Sabita 2 years ago

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      harno 2 years ago

      Every gadget have positive and negative itself . Depend on use of the gadget, what we need for.?!!!

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      Great article

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      krutika 2 years ago

      Superb...!it is helped to me to complete my project !

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      more time spending on electronic device it may cause longsightnesss

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      Superb information............

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      Dapoppins 2 years ago

      #2. Excellent for a ton of reasons!

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      This is a real life essay and I liked this

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      very good article helped in my school project

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      Who is the author of this article? Pls answer.

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      apoorva 2 years ago

      it is helpful in understanding how it effects on children...good information

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      jasline 2 years ago

      It's nice

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      shubhi 2 years ago

      nice article

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      komal 2 years ago

      Wow with this we control on children

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      Rimpi Kaur 2 years ago

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      langelihle Motaung 2 years ago

      parents should look aftr his or her chld before it get into trouble by nt studing

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      madhusudan bera 3 years ago

      information was very useful but contained a lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

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      sniper 3 years ago

      Good information, but you need to revise your work because your English is very bad.

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      Urvi Joshi 3 years ago

      Games are not so good

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      geet 3 years ago

      so nice..............

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      English Teacher 3 years ago

      Ok, the article did contain some useful points....but I found it difficult to read due to the overwhelming number of spelling and grammatical errors found within! It was a challenge to find a single sentence that didn't contain some sort of error! This article is a published piece of work! How can it get to this level with so many errors??? Aggravating, to say the least. The information was good, but the delivery was not.

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      hatake kakashi 3 years ago

      very good article

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      lakalaka 3 years ago

      ohhhhhhhh really.. Kids are

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      Erin 4 years ago

      The fact that adults are saying kids are addicted to phones and electronical devices are idiots. Adults and parents are the ones who give the child the device so the kids shouldn't be blamed for their addiction. they are given games when they are able to walk.

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      tbsingh 4 years ago from INDIA

      good article.

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      pal 4 years ago

      man ur right

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      12345 4 years ago

      games are fun and you can't stop kids from playing them so scew the adiction thery in the ass

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      yapbeelee 5 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      klm, ya, it is true. the impact of the addiction becomes more serious nowadays.

      So, the discipline to children is very important

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      klm601108 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. What we need to do is to ensure moderation. Children nowadays are too addicted to play computer games. Parents need to find ways to distract their attention from the computer games.

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