We are worried that we will be late for work, but when we have been walking for ten minutes and are about to arrive at the metro station, we forget that we left our cell phone at the entrance of the house and that we have to go home., although that means that now we’re going to be late for work.
Yet we return to the cell phone, because we are not able to part with this object in an entire morning. When you finally get to the stop, you get on the metro car and it feels like no one is looking at you because all the passengers are upside down. Children, adolescents, adults … whatever their age, everyone looks at an electronic device.
Parents appeasing their children’s reproaches via their mobile or tablet, people talking on the phone, ears with headsets, people taking selfies with the infamous selfies … It seems we don’t realize we’re losing a large part of our lives, an immense sum of details which pass in front of us and we are not able to perceive them because we find ourselves constantly fixing our attention on a screen which plunges us into a virtual reality, apparently similar to the real one, but far from it. this context children must be made aware of the proper use of new technologies.
Social media: a niche of true or false friendships?
We believe that we have hundreds and thousands of virtual friends, a concept that is very different from that of “long-time friend”. The friend is the person you share your time with while walking, playing sports, visiting countless places, having a drink in a bar, chatting in a park … but not what you like about one of your photos. Social networks, contrary to popular belief, promote the deterioration of human relationsAs we relate more to these “virtual friends” than to people face to face.
Parents use these technologies and make them available to their children who have very few years of life. It is not uncommon for two year olds to handle their own tablets better than many adults. The problem is, if a child who has some difficulty building relationships from an early age is allowed to be exposed to a large number of hours of new technology, instead of helping to develop their social skills, We will contribute to the development of a possible future dependence on the Internet.
It is essential to spend time with our children from an early age and encourage the development of social skills by going to the park, fostering face-to-face relationships, playing cooperative games and, most importantly, knowing set limits at school. hours of exposure to these new technologies.
Children aspire to have a cell phone younger and younger, but what they don’t know is how much they are going to lose to integrate this device into their lives. In addition, it has been scientifically proven that excessive use of electronic devices such as computers, tablets, or cellphones it can cause disorders such as sleep disturbances, aggression and difficulty in language development.
Risks of misuse of new technologies in childhood
It is clear that new technologies have introduced many advances in the fields of communication, industry, commerce and, above all, medicine, but we must not forget the risks that can arise from their irresponsible use.
The disadvantages of new technologies appear when they are misused. In recent years, we have talked about terms such as cyberbullying or cyberbullying, grooming, carding, phishing or pharming. So, for those who do not know them, it is about crimes committed using new technologies, Which are often used to insult, threaten, harass or defraud other people.
Often, we are unaware of the danger that social media poses in society, and even more so in the lives of children. We share everything we do, where we are, where we came from and where we are going, and that comes with a huge risk.
It is important realizing that something that was created to make our lives easier can make it more difficult. We spend many hours of our day on social media and what is it for? We go to a concert and the only thing we think about is recording the artist so that we can share the line, we meet our idol on the street and instead of exchanging a few words with him, we just take a picture and let’s share it on Instagram. Experiment, approach a group of friends at a bar and see if one of them doesn’t have their cell phone on the table or are not using it. But is this really what we understand to appreciate? We stop to think and make others think.
Finally, I would like to recommend a short film that beautifully reflects the concern expressed.