Digitalization of Kids
By: Hamda Shafiq
Opening its eyes, a newborn child is welcomed by the world. He has hands, eyes, nose, ears, and all the internal organs, but his physical and mental states are still under development. From birth to 18 months, he discovers the world through his senses and tries to utter words. From 18 months to 2 years, he starts to define himself. There is a buildup of his imagination and vocabulary. During this time, there is a direct link between the rate at which his vocabulary develops and the amount his mother talks to him.
Research says that our brain doubles in size in 1st Year and is grown to 80% of adult size by age 3 and 90% by age 5. Most of the brain development is completed by age 5. Many people don’t know the facts that a 2-year-old child has twice as many synapses or simply ‘the learning junctions’ as compared an adult. That’s why we see 2 years old learn faster and the things learned in early childhood become a part of our long-term memory. Most of the scholars you can name had the Quran learned by heart when they were 7 of their age.
Based on research, one cannot deny the fact that the best learning age is 1-7 years. The digital world of today, promising more sharper minds but resulting in having learned improper knowledge, is conquering us day by day. Instead of learning religion, history, language, and other things that a child can easily learn, we hand them the screens where they mostly choose what they want to see. Most of the time, their little immature brains end up learning the only false language, imaginary items, silly cartoons, and sometimes even shameful content.
Most of the time, the screens, instead of teaching them, are forcing them to mature earlier than before. Data collected by Adolescent Brain Development says that the screens change our sleeping cycle, impair our thinking patterns, encourage aggressive behavior and shorten our attention span. And one can’t neglect the harmful effects of the radio waves. These screens emit, which are regarded as ‘human possible carcinogen’. The American Academy of Pediatrics proclaims that children younger than 18 should have no screen time as the screens are getting wilder daily.
Although no one can deny the importance of globalization and fast learning, these screens have provided us. Still, at a time when the world was less digital, people learned by traveling miles and valued such knowledge gained through immense hard work. And these screens can’t force our children to study or learn, and the best learning or knowledge demands parents and teachers to play their role.
Most of the content they view on screens negatively impacts their mental health and engulfs their capabilities. The time they should spend learning or carving their talents is spent on useless stuff. Considering the pros and cons, think twice when or for what you will hand over the devices to your children.