TECHNOLOGY: The Good and Bad At Grassroutes the children do not use technology, or at least not real technology - many a pinecones are cell phones. Technology is amazing. It has allowed scientists to see the unseen and share their discoveries. The disabled can move and communicate. Higher education is accessible to anyone with an electronic device. But the advantages of technology for those five and younger is up for debate. During school, our no technology philosophy is simply based on the idea that it inhibits a child seeking out those external stimuli, essential for the development of their brains. Secondly, sedentary positions associated with technology hinder sensory experiences that help regulate a child later in life. Lastly, the use of technology is coded to be addictive, why would we want to expose our malleable minded children to such a device. In addition to a toddler’s use of electronic devices are the unknown consequences of caregivers using technology. A decade ago, these caregivers may have been playing, talking, reading, gardening, or even watching TV with the children. Play was not repeatedly interrupted with photos and posts. Group conversations were a given in cars, before class, or at the table. Technology is in its infancy and we have no idea of the long-term cognitive and physical effects on our young brain-building buddies. It is wise to proceed with caution and let them learn, as we know science has shown – outside and playing.
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