The Effect of Technology on Children's Development

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As information technology advances, concerns had been raised about its impact on children’s development. There are inconsistent research findings condemned the use of computers, cell phones, or video games as negative to a child’s development. However, as it is an inescapable reality that information technology keeps advancing, increase use of it is unavoidable, how to use it more wisely should be at the center of our concern. Before knowing how to use it in a more informed way, we must know about the advantages it has on children. Contrary to common perception, use of devices of information technology is beneficial to children’s development. Research findings indicate that proper use of computers, cell phones, or playing video games have positive effects on children’s development. Cognitive development. Cognitive development indicates the development of a rang of skills, such as thinking, reasoning, languaing, and problem solving. Psychologically, understandings of cognitive development are mostly based on Piaget and Vygotky’s theories. The Use of computer is beneficial to a child’s cognitive development in both Piaget and Vygotsky’s’ sense. Piaget argues that children are innately, gifted learners, they are active constructers of their own knowledge through interaction with the environment. Access to computer allows children the opportunity to explore, to engage actively with the environment, thus enables them to have control over their own learning (Mccarrick & Li, 2007, 82-3). One study result showed that children age 3-5 who have access to computer at home scored significantly better in readiness skill test than those don’t have computer at home. Another study showed that children who have access in school coupled with appropriate developmental software and activities scored significantly higher in intelligent test than groups that don’t have
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