Young Children Should Not Have Devices By erin

When your little one starts to fuss, what do you do? You hand them a device. Think again. Young children should not have devices. This is true because devices deprive them of learning skills, and impede their self-regulation. There are some people who claim they are used for learning and educational purposes, but in reality, there are many risks of letting children use them. The percent of families who let their children have devices is changing drastically. The percentile went from 8% to 40% in just 3 years. There are many reasons and quite a lot of evidence to prove my claim correct.

One reason why young children shouldn’t have devices is they deprive them of learning skills. Interactive screen time can hurt the development of math and science skills they will need in the future. Also, research shows that kids learn substantially better from real-life interactions rather than electronic ones. Children need to learn empathy, along with problem-solving skills by interacting with other kids. “ These devices may replace the hands on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills,” says M.D Jenny Radesky. These skills are very important to the brain. Though there are many reasons supporting my claim, there are those who counter it.

One of the main reasons why some people think children should have devices is learning. They claim that since schools use them, they must be okay! Also, they say that kids should be able to use them for educational purposes. Strangely enough, they aren’t exactly wrong. “ Allowing children to use devices for educational, rather than “mindless” or “mundane” purposes can be useful,” The Telegraph reports. This is stating that it is actually useful for kids to use devices for school. This is because there are specially engineered games/applications that improve a child's brain, rather than hurt it. Obviously, there are reasons against my claim. However, there are yet more supporting.

Another reason why young children should not have devices is they impede their self-regulation. Self-regulation is very important. It is the ability to stop something, even if you don't want to. But using a smartphone to pacify children could impede their ability to self-regulate. To be without it would be disastrous. ¨If these devices become too prominent method to calm and distract young children, will they be able to develop internal methods of self-regulation?” The scientists ask. As you can see, professionals support my topic as well. The ability to stop, even when you don’t want to is very important. We need self-regulation.

In conclusion, young children should not have devices. They deprive them of learning skills, they impede self-regulation, and kids learn better from real life experiences, rather than electronic ones. I urge you to reconsider the way you pacify your children. It is important to many- if not all- parents to have a good impact on their child's future. You can do that, by not giving them devices.

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