The effects of modern technology on children

Updated April 17, 2017

There are pros and cons of modern technology depending on what technology your child is using, how it is being used and how you, as the parent, set limits for its use. Technology can also have indirect negative or positive effects on children through parental use as well. Achieving a balance regarding the use of technology will maintain structure and sanity in your life.

Ability to Work From Home

The ability for parents to work from home, whether part-time, full-time or occasionally, generally reaps positive effects for your family. This enables you to spend more quality time with your children, to avoid long commutes and to make extra money. Flexible hours might be a possibility, enabling you to work around your children's school and activity schedule. Stay-at-home mothers can work while their babies nap or while their children are at preschool. The use of technology makes this a solution for many families.

Using the Brain

Children who played video games regularly were found to have an increase in visual reasoning skills. This involves children processing information they have seen and forming a quick solution. Because of the complex visual information, children are better at multitasking than their ancestors. On the flip side, technology might be damaging to attention span and critical thinking skills, making it difficult for today's youth to focus on a complex problem long enough to find a solution.

Research at Their Fingertips

No more running to the library and checking out stacks of books for your child's latest research project. There is an abundance of information on the Internet, only a click away. Parental controls enable parents to control the websites children are allowed to enter and set time limits to keep computer use to an appropriate limit. Learning sites are valuable resources to parents, teachers and students. They are often packed with games, stories and activities to stimulate the mind and enhance creativity.


Teens are known to talk to their friends and shut their parents out or at least that's what they want everyone to think. With the use of modern technology, children can continue to text their parents without anyone knowing it. This allows for increased, positive communication between parents and children. Teens are more willing to send a text to let their parents know who they are with, what they are doing and when they will be home, as opposed to making a phone call in front of their peers.

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About the Author

Karen Kleinschmidt has been writing since 2007. Her short stories and articles have appeared in "Grandma's Choice," "Treasure Box" and "Simple Joy." She has worked with children with ADHD, sensory issues and behavioral problems, as well as adults with chronic mental illness. Kleinschmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Montclair State University.