One of the great revolutions in the family sphere and the characteristics of childhood is undoubtedly related to the entrance of screens to our lives. Some argue that this is a trend that must be fought, and claim nostalgically that life before the screens arrived was much better. This is of course not necessarily true and not so effective. Opposition to the screens will not really lead to their disappearance, and it is certainly reasonable to assume that the appearance of the screens brought with it quite a few advantages and opportunities, not just problems. What is clear beyond any doubt is that the variety of technological devices has created changes in many areas.
In the entertainment and entertainment sector – the various game consoles (Sony PlayStation, Xbox, etc.), television and computer undoubtedly changed the character of the traditional game. Children play today from their own rooms in sophisticated and technology-rich games, often playing with children who can be thousands of miles away from them.
The ability to meet online is one of the causes of the emptiness of the neighborhood of the past and a child who went out into the street without prior coordination may find himself in an abandoned and isolated place. On the other hand, there are children who can stay at home for days without feeling lonely or bored. Of course, this has an advantage for parents in that the task of employing children at home goes down their shoulders, and the network solved the problem of “boring me.” However, the technology still does not meet many needs, such as the need to touch, activate the sense of smell, exposure to fresh air, eye contact, and varied physical activity (at least in most activities related to viewing).
In addition, the habit of getting stimuli from the screen causes quite a few children to have difficulty when they do not have a game available. It is also important to note that most computer games do not give a place to focus on the inner world, thoughts and emotions. Thus, those who make do with screen games do not have enough opportunities to develop awareness of their inner world or to learn how to regulate their emotions.
Communication and Communication
The mobile phone, the Wi-Fi groups, the sites, the emails and the essams have become an accepted way to transfer information between friends, work, school, etc. The advantage, of course, lies in the convenience and efficiency of transferring information quickly and remotely. Many parents can communicate with the child even when he is on a long trip on an annual trip, even late at night when he is having fun, and even when he is delayed back from the youth movement.
The ability to communicate with the child even when he is far away is of course an advantage, but sometimes it causes distance. Many parents allow themselves to stay at work late and accompany the child by phone and message. Another factor that can create distance between the parents and the child is related to the fact that the ability to communicate remotely enables parents to continue working even when they are away from the office. Many parents put the work home, and continue to work on the computer at dinner or bedtime. This, of course, may harm parents’ requests for children, blur the boundaries between home and work, and harm the family’s conduct.
Disturbances and disturbances to concentration
The amount of information that is regularly transmitted through the various networks causes every few minutes for children to receive new messages and alerts, which can create difficulty in concentrating and interfering with one thing. Many children and adults respond to every sound or alert from the device, which causes them to interrupt calls, stop doing homework, and so on. These are frequent transitions of attention from one subject to another, which undoubtedly harms conduct and calm.
Unconnected contact with the outside – another known component connected to the world of screens is the direct access to the content of the network. Today every child holding a smart phone can be exposed to content that is not necessarily suited to his age or needs, without an adult who will mediate the information and examine the effect of the exposure on the child.
The network is known to be flooded with content of sexuality, violence and extreme behavior, and children may roam in bad places without us being aware of it. Many parents try to monitor the contents of the child through various software or restrictions on the devices. The problem is that many children know how to circumvent the restrictions and in most cases the children’s technical knowledge is superior to that of their parents. In this sense, parents can be seen as new immigrants who have difficulty understanding the content and characteristics of the language, while the children learn the language quickly and are in a position of superiority in relation to them.
Access to a wide audience is, of course, one of the advantages of the network. The ability to spread good things or reach wide audiences at the touch of a button is a powerful force. But on the other hand may also be a real risk factor for children. There is a risk of uncontrolled contact with different people who may harm the young child and take advantage of his innocence. All this without the knowledge of the parent.
Similarly, we are witnessing today another phenomenon related to connecting to the many audiences and to the vast distribution that the network allows. The phenomenon of cheating on the Internet, and the ability to ridicule a child and humiliate him in front of a large audience, is a factor that must be prepared for him as a parent and as a friend.
Images and visibility – Almost every smartphone owner holds a sophisticated camera, sophisticated editing software, and the ability to distribute and market images to large audiences. Every child’s hand now has a kind of innovative advertising agency, a virtual display window and a public relations system. Salafi images, and self-documentation capabilities, give each child the ability to look like a star and feel a celebrity. This fact can, on the one hand, strengthen the self-image, but also create an illusion and exaggeration about the real position of the person in life and bring about frustrations and disappointments.
Parents in the Screen Age – What to do?
Teach proper use
Since the monitors will probably accompany us in the future, it is important to direct the children to behavior in this area as well. Which means, among other things, how to control the dosage and know when to break and how not to indulge. It is important that we parents make sure that the children know how to turn off the devices and disconnect them when necessary. For example – during mealtime, homework, and so forth.
It is important to warn of dangers and to talk about the sources of risk. When we see activity that is not right in our eyes (for example, a program in which people are exposed extreme, too revealing images of the body, etc.) it is important to express that this is not true. And at the same time viewing