Set Strict Limits on Technology
Technology serves us with many modern-day advances. These serve us well everyday. To neglect these would be wrong. Technology is a wonderful tool for adults, but it should never be considered a harmless toy for children.
Allowing unlimited use of technology may seem like a harmless activity, but it is not worth the price families and children pay in the future. Constant long-term use of electronic devices has been linked to severe depression and suicide, addiction, obesity, changes in brain development, and mental health disorders. Pediatricians, psychiatrists, and neurologists have been warning parents for years of these dangers. However, tech giants and their use of constant marketing dollars have buried this vital information, thereby preventing it from being easily available to parents. Instead parents are fed a steady diet of commercials and advertisements falsely claiming the advantages of constant technology use.
The Bible warns us to be careful of false claims of knowledge.
Guard what been entrusted to you, avoiding irreverent and empty speech and contradictions from what is falsely called knowledge. I Timothy 6:20
Are we trusting the morals of values of society to guide us? Does society, friends, advertisements have a greater influence on us than the Biblical teachings of Jesus?
Problems Usually Don't Appear Until Tween and Teen Years
Risks we need to know, but aren’t told.
- Changes to the brain. God created us with different sections in our brains called lobes. Constant use of technology results in overuse of one lobe and neglect of the others. We are now seeing the results of this which include lack of empathy, violent behaviors, loss of reasoning ability, loss of creativity, loss of critical thinking, and inability to use an imagination.
- Self-centered and materialistic obsession. We are not only seeing this with children, but with adults as well. Social media promotes the concept of “Me”, “Me”, “Me”. A constant flow of “selfies” and images of a “perfect” life and “perfect” family fill the screens. There is rarely room for care or helping others. And frequently these displays of caring brings attention to the recipient and the giver. In other words, giving without expecting anything is rare. We forget we are all broken, we are all sinners, and we forget we are to humble ourselves.
- Lack of sleep. Contrary to popular opinion, children do not stay up late at night to complete school assignments. They are staying in touch with others, they are listening for the number of “likes” to their latest posts, they are playing online video games. Their minds do not turn off with so much excitement and activity only a few feet away on the cell phone or computer.
- Finding the virtual world more attractive than the real world. In the virtual world the excitement never ends. There is always someone or something that needs your attention. There are no problems in the virtual world, in fact one will find many people who have the same opinions, and the same values. Only when disappointments and problems come to the real world, we are not equipped to handle them.
- Communicating with predators. It is a myth to believe our children are only talking to their friends online. Even the most trustworthy child will encounter a stranger online, who wants to be their friend. This stranger will have the same problems, claim to be the same age, and claim to want to be their best friend. But this stranger is most likely a predator or pedophile. Allowing children to have unsupervised and unlimited access to the internet has opened a wide door for predators to gain their trust and lure them into dangerous situations.
- Addiction The internet provides access to a new drug, technology. Children and adults are spending more and more of their day online, with a small percentage of that time spent on work or school work. People are on social media, video gaming, or using any number of apps to escape reality. Psychologists are now dealing with behavioral addiction. The addiction to technology so strong that people are unable to function in the real world. If this seems strange its because the number of cases is growing at alarming rates and the news is not picking them up as stories. Instead society is turning a blind eye and pretending these behavioral addictions are only happening in extreme situations. Parents should become aware of this and begin to look for the signs of children not being able to put down their technology.
- Low Morals and judgement of right and wrong. Whether it is social media, video games, or other apps, the theme is about winning at all costs, gaining popularity and wealth, and no one is more important than ME. Young children are dressing like their favorite celebrity, they are mimicking the lifestyle of popular trends, and they are being influenced by immoral behaviors of the culture. The way they dress, the friends they make, the music they listen to, the movies they watch, the amount of time they spend engaged in allowing their peers and others to influence them is changing families and our society. Things we once thought were immoral, are now accepted. Things we once considered unthinkable are becoming popular. The vocabulary children are exposed to and use was once a rarity, but is now considered common.
- Changes in behavior and attitude. It is common for children to become somewhat rebellious in their teen years. After all, this is the time when children are wanting to be adults, but they are still children and hate to admit they need their parents. However, in today’s world, children are being fed a constant stream of dopamine which rewards acts of rebellion and disrespect. The online world and video games are filled with murder (the player must kill the enemy), sex (depictions of sex acts are found in even the advertisements for children’s video games), criminal activity (many games include killing policeman, and innocent people), and glamorization of drug use. Unfortunately when seen frequently enough, children and adults begin to view this behavior as normal and acceptable.
- Mental Health Disease There is a growing number of studies that are now proving the more time spent on line is resulting in depression and thoughts of suicide. It has also been found that when electronic devices are limited that the mental of the patient improves.
- ADHD and Autism It is now common among neurologists to identify the link between technology and ADHD and some forms of Autism. More and more studies are showing the removal, or the limit of technology has resulted in lowering the number of cases and the level of ADHD and Autism. The use of computer screens and devices causes excitement in the brain, which the brain is unable to process as fast as it is presented. The brain needs time to slow down and rest, to regroup throughout the day and especially at night. Providing a resting time for the brain is important for healthy development of the brain.
Please subscribe, as we present more information through our research. Much of the information above is in my book, Why Children Are Overdosing on Technology.
We are not called to be popular or accepted by society.
If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10