When British Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, penned his now immortalized, the most popular line in “The Rainbow” poem: ‘The Child is Father of The Man’, he had perhaps little inkling about the way technology was going to impact the childhood of modern-day ‘Man’.
The beautifully written poem is in a way celebration of nature and how exposure to it during formative childhood days plays such an important role when a child grows up to become a man or woman.
The childhood of a boy or girl born any time after 2004 inevitably will make up of smart class gadgets in schools, mobiles and latest play station games versions, cartoons on HD television, Home PCs and a Wi-Fi enabled virtual world of their own on the web.
Obsession with technology
It has been proved now that unbridled childhood pre-occupation with modern technological gadgets and gizmos, without being exposed to the heat and dust of the real world outside, throws a spanner in the natural growth and mental development process of a child. Parental intervention helps deal with many of the mental and physical issues associated with excessive use of technology by children.
A recent survey conducted by ASSOCHM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) has pointed out:
Sedentary bodies exposed to long hours of chaotic sensory stimulation:
What to do?
Inform youngsters about:
Codes of Healthy Child development
Sensory inputs like movement, touch, human connection and exposure to nature helps:
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