Studies have shown that while technology does not impact most of the population, keeping children indoors for the majority of the day can result in nearsightedness as their eyes are glued to various screens.
With 1 in 6 Australian children between the ages of 10 and 14 requiring glasses and contact lenses, it is important to facilitate a range of options, both indoors and outdoors which look after children in our centres. Other side effects of overexposure to technology vary, but can be as severe as migraines and long-term learning difficulties, as well as increased hyperactivity, and a reduced ability to think critically.
On the flip side, critical thinking is increased during hands-on play, and children are more likely to develop communicative skills and empathy when engaged in imaginative play with others. On top of this, children more adept to kinaesthetic learning (i.e. learning through the practice of participation), are less likely to be engaged in technological play, and more so in creative activities in the real world.