Technology is everywhere and provides us with a myriad of benefits. When used correctly, technology can improve a child’s cognitive development. We offer a number of programs that will teach children the importance of technology as well as how to use it.
According to Digiparenthood, here are 10 ways your kiddies can benefit from technology and active screen time:
1. Better Hand-eye Coordination
Through engaging software, children visually follow an object on the screen and actively participate in the activity the application/software presents. Hand-eye coordination is a crucial part of development. As children begin school, they learn how to use their hands and eyes while writing and drawing.
3. Promotes School Readiness and Cognitive Development
For technology to be meaningful in early education, it must provide opportunities for children to gain the necessary skills to prepare them for school. Technology may provide basic skills in which children must have competency in order to be successful in school; skills critical for children to then engage successfully in higher-order thinking and applied learning.
4. Higher Capacity for Visual Attention
Gaming and learning applications equip children to pay more attention to details in order to complete these activities. Children seem preoccupied when playing a game. The reason behind that is he’s concentrating on his next move. These simultaneous activities train children to pay attention to every detail on the screen in order to achieve the goals of the game.
5. Enhances Social Interaction Skills
As children develop their language skills, they are able to absorb ideas that equip them with skills necessary in relating with other people. When technology is used appropriately, it can be used in collaboration with other people. Problem solving is a valuable social skill that can be carried throughout life.
6. Increases Motivation to Complete Tasks
Many apps and computer activities are created to encourage children to complete a level in order to unlock the next level. These learning games may help create a foundation for children to keep on trying and to overcome challenges even outside the screen setting.
7. More Dynamic Spatial Skills
Games and educational content allow children to develop dynamic spatial skills through interactive screen time. Through technology, they can learn how big a building may be compared to a cat; or how small an ant may be compared to a dog. Such skills will then develop their understanding for the world around them.
8. Develops Problem \Solving Skills
Fran C. Blumberg, PhD, and Sabrina S. Ismailer, MSED of Fordham University (as cited by the American Psychological Association) stated that younger children are more interested in the short-term goals of games, which are essential in problem solving. When playing a game, they often wonder which step comes next, or what the effects may be should they present a particular action in the game. This is helpful for their learning, especially in Math and Logical Reasoning.
9. Expands Horizons
Technology exposes children to things they can’t see every day. For those who live in the city and far away from the zoo, seeing a giraffe up close may be impossible. What about that newly discovered animal in the Pacific Ocean? With technology, your child can access multimedia presentations of the different types of animals, or even see various places around the world. Children then begin to understand that life is more than just the four walls of the home or classroom.
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“Active versus Passive Screen Time for Young Child.” Sweester, Penelope, Daniel Johnson, Anne Ozdowska, and Peta Wyeth. Queensland University of Technology. 29 July 2013