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Is technology really helping our children learn?

IS TECHNOLOGY REALLY HELPING OUR CHILDREN?

Written by Robyn Gamsu (Speech, Language, Literacy clinician & Audiologist)

Reading a book with your young child helps with their development in lots of positive ways. Studies have shown that reading with your child:

- helps them get to know sounds, words and language.

- helps develop their early literacy skills.

- sparks their imagination and stimulates their curiosity.

- strengthens your relationship with them.

- promotes more smiling, more laughter and often more affection that is shared.

- enhances positive mental stimulation & stress reduction

- stimulates greater general knowledge and vocabulary expansion

- improves their memory and promotes stronger analytical thinking skills, improved focus and concentration.

- ensures better writing skills.

In stark comparison there are numerous disadvantages that technology has to offer children. Devices such as TV, smartphones, tablets, laptops and iPads:

- emit harmful blue light that can cause headaches, eye strain and irritated eyes.

- reduce the natural hormone melatonin which regulates the sleep cycle, so sleep becomes disrupted and children are overtired.

- prompts poor emotional health and reduces a child's ability to concentrate and focus.

- are tiring and overstimulating for a child's eyes and brain.

- can change the way children socialise and interact with others. It lowers their self-esteem and creates negative moods.



So mums and dads, turn off the TV, iPad, smartphone and tablet.

Find a quiet place and read with your child!


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