The good use of ICTs makes children more active and involved

New technologies are part of our life. They are present in all areas, from leisure to education for the little ones. Computers and other devices along the internet have become a very used tool for the students today. And like any instrument if used well, it can be beneficial.

This is explained from the College of Psychologists of Murcia, organism that explains that new technologies, TICs, can contribute a lot to the students who use them. These tools can help children get more involved and gain an essential skill for their professional future.


Use of ICTs without going through

The professionals of this organization warn that the fact that children use the TICs You do not have to assume that you will receive skills. This has been indicated by Eugenia Piñero, specialist in clinical and legal psychology, PhD in Psychology and professor at the University of Murcia, in an interview with Europa Press. This professional explains that "it is important to differentiate these effects, depending on the use that is made of the technologies, because it does not have the same consequences for a child to use a tablet to learn or to play an educational game, than to do it simply to see images ( cartoons, youtube videos) ".


In the first case, the didactic use, the TICs contribute to the increase of the motivation of the children since these carry out the tasks of the school with a more attractive instrument as it is an electronic device. These devices are much more enjoyable than books since they offer moving images and the possibility of deepening in one aspect of the lesson without the need to look in another copy.

Piñero also explains that using new technologies in the field of education makes children more decisive and have a more flexible thinking. In addition, teaching them how to use these devices gives the students abilities that are highly valued in their academic future and that will be of great help in their work.

The dangers of ICT

However, as has been said before, it is necessary to distinguish between the correct use of ICTs and non-recommended use. Piñero warns that "inappropriate use of these technologies can lead to the development of addiction problems." Another risk is the participation visualization of violent contents, activities that can have consequences that reduce empathy and develop dangerous behavior give rise to "deficits of self-control or social isolation".


The key to avoiding these situations is in the control that Adults perform on children. Parents and teachers must agree on well-defined times for these ICTs and avoid exceeding this limit to avoid the risk of addiction. Similarly, we must make it very clear for what new technologies are being used and explain the content that is forbidden to visualize or other applications of these tools such as access to social network profiles.

These adults must also lead by example and not skip any of the limits that have been established. Similarly Piñero explains that the use of new technologies should not affect the practice of other activities important for the development of children such as reading or play.

Damián Montero

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