Remember the time when children used bedsheets and towels as capes and pretended as imaginary heroes and villains? When kids thought swallowing a seed meant a tree would grow out some part of your body? When swords were made of twigs and boughs? When dolls were from pieces of cloth and rags? When the laughter of kids echoed through the forest while they play hide and seek? When getting bruises were definitely worth it and fun-filled that you wouldn’t even bother to feel the pain? Distant memories of a time when life was simple and technology free. Do you still witness the carefree days pictured in the fictional lives of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn up to this moment?
Nowadays, you will see children gawking into screens of different gadgets and technologies. Fingers tapping furiously with the buttons of their consoles, fingers typing different letters into words and fingers sliding into a touch screen pad. These tiny thumbs were supposed to touch organic life forms like skins of animals, tree trunks, and not machines.
Eyes gaping at television screens, eyes blinking away spots from exposure to radiation and eyes squinting from too much screen time. These bright eyes were supposed to witness nature’s simplicity as well as grandeur live, not some video footage of a hippopotamus bathing in the mud.
Meanwhile, technology helps aids in developing children’s prowess. With different gadgets and new inventions, they can enhance their abilities and enlighten their minds of the information they can obtain from technology. They can entertain and educate themselves at the same time with the use of multimedia.
But is technology really poisoning childhood? Is it right and just to accuse the mindless machineries?
The purpose of this paper is threefold. It intends, first, to present information gathered about the different manifestations of technology on childhood. It will also tackle the yins and yangs of children’s use of technology. Second, it...