"Should we let children use technology?" This is a question we often hear from parents and teachers. Before answering the question, we need to first consider: "Is it possible NOT to let children use technology?"
Traditional technology devices such as television and videos are so common that we sometimes feel weird if we don't have them in our homes. In this rapidly changing digital age, new technology is becoming more and more pervasive in the lives of young children.
According to a national study by the Common Sense Media in 2011, about 52 percent of U.S. children under 8 now have access to one of the newer mobile devices at home, such as the iPad, video iPod, smartphone or other tablet device; and 29 percent of parents have downloaded applications for their children, including infants and toddlers, to use.
Our children are growing up naturally immersed in a world of technology. Trying to isolate children from the technology environment does not seem realistic.