Technology vs. Child Development In Regards To Reading

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Technology vs. Child Development In Regards To Reading


Technology is not anew concept; it began with mechanical gearing around 350 BC. However for most of us when we think of technology the television is usually what comes to mind. In 1950 less than 10 percent of all households owned a television set. Nowadays not only does the average household contain 3 or more, we have them in our vehicles, on our smart phones and tablets. Our youngest members of society are growing up surrounded by them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendation is that a child ages 2-17 watch 2 hours or less of quality programming in a given day, and for children under age two, they suggest that television be avoided altogether. Besides videos, children are also using applications, games, websites and social media. What sort of affects on a child’s development will exceeding this amount have on our 21st century learners? How can something designed to keep us informed be taking over our lives and hurting our future leaders?

In the article by Rosin, H. called “The Touch-Screen Generation”, it describes how increasingly younger children are spending time on technology such as smart phones and tablets and how that is affecting their developing brains. It talks about how the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1999 discouraged under the age of 2 watching television, stating that this was the time for critical brain development. To this date however, no one has researched a definitive connection between ipads and neural circuitry. It spoke about how this generation is known as “digital natives”, children growing up with technology and the rest of us are “digital immigrants” who had to adapt to technology.

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Technology vs. Child Development in Regards to Reading

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In regards to how all this technology will impact our Generation Z’s this article, “The Reading Brain: How Your Brain Helps You Read, and Why It Matters by Burns”, Ph. D, M discusses how the brain develops and what each lobe of the brain is responsible for in regards to reading. The first lobe called the temporal lobe is responsible for phonological awareness and decoding/discriminating sounds. The frontal lobe handles speech productions, reading fluency, grammatical usage, and comprehension. Finally, the angular and supramarginal gyrus, otherwise known as the “reading integrator”, links different parts of the brain together to execute the action of reading. This means that all 3 of these areas need to be properly developed in order to effectively learn to read. This article shows that technology is showing a lack of development in these areas, and one could naturally conclude that this might cause impairment in reading ability


Mann, Ph. D, V. article, “Why You Should Read with Your Child” published in Scientific Learning, states the benefits that a child receives from being read a print based book. It gives three good reasons why parents should start reading early and continue doing it: reading exposes your child to rich language and diverse content, reading with your child helps prepare their minds to succeed in school, and finally reading with your child can enrich family ties and intimacy. This article shows the benefits to reading a print based version of a book to your child.

From this action research experience it become apparent that technology is becoming an irrevocable part of a young child’s life. We love being connected and in touch with one another all the time. We love being able to entertain our children anywhere and everywhere with the use of technology. I also discovered that we love our children to death but with our active lifestyles we are finding that we don’t have the quality time to sit down and read to them like parents of the fifties once did. We work long hours, commute over long distances, and are involved in many lifestyle activities, so once we pick up a child from daycare it is easier to pop in the video than to sit and read a book or have a discussion with them. Many of our young 21st century learners are being raised by an older generation who the lacks the patience to deal with younger children who can be trying on the nerves.

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