True or false ? If my children don’t access technology they’ll fall behind.

Do you believe that limiting your child’s access to technology might put them behind other children who access technology regularly? If so what are you basing this on – a feeling or evidence? Have you come across research studies that have shown that children who have restricted access to technology have physical, social or psychological delays?  No? Nor have I. 

But let’s explore this a little further together. To help you make up your mind, here are a few things you could consider.

First, experts in the high tech industry can provide insights. Parents at the forefront of technology innovation (including the late Steve Jobs) have been reported in the press to restrict and in some cases even prevent their children from accessing technology. 
Second, some schools restrict computer use until later stages of learning including Montessori schools and Steiner Waldorf Schools. 

Third, perhaps you could consider in what way a child might fall behind. Is it being able to use various technologies – ie to type or swipe on a tablet, phone or computer screen? If adults of all ages are able to learn to navigate technology successfully, children can too and probably more quickly. My recent search of the literature did not turn up research studies that specifically explored whether children who have restricted access to technology access fall behind in terms of specific measures of development. I also spoke with a colleague who stays abreast of the research in the area of technology and children, and I received “yes I get asked this question a lot, but no research study springs to mind.”

Finally, you could ask yourself the question: “will the benefits of being able to use technology outweigh the potential harms of exposure to technology including language and social delays as well as changes in brain structure?” 

If you would like to know more about how to maximise the benefits and minimise the harms of your child’s use of technology then you’ll find parenting expert, Dr Rosina McAlpine’s video on Technology and Children 0-11 years – the good, the bad and the unknown a valuable resource.

The Win Win Parenting approach to parenting is all about helping you to be the best parent you can be and to connect with your children so you can teach them how to succeed in the world. You’ll be able to create more loving relationships and a more peaceful home.

That’s why Win Win Parenting is a Win for parents and a Win for kids.