Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Parents should limit the time children under 13 spend on electronic devices, like computers and smartphones, except when they’re used for schoolwork.
It seems impossible to get by in our modern world without the use of our electronic devices. We need our smartphones and computers to do everything from finishing our homework to ordering dinner. That being said, it’s easy for people—especially children—to overuse these devices. Therefore, I believe that parents should put a limit on how much time their children spend using their high-tech gadgets.
First off, people can easily become addicted to these devices if they spend too much time on them when they’re young. There are a lot of people around my age who feel like it’s impossible to be away from their phones for even just a few minutes. In fact, I listened to a lecture last month that said a lot of people’s brains are actually changing because they spend too much time on their computers and phones. The speaker said that there’s a part of the brain which is used for spoken language, and that this part of the brain is shrinking in a lot of device-addicts. Kids may be mad when their parents restrict their computer time, but they’ll be thankful for it when they grow up.
On top of that, parents shouldn’t shy away from limiting what their children can and can’t do. Putting limits on their children is actually one of the most important things parents do; parents limit how much sugar their kids eat, how much time they spend playing with friends, and so on. My parents, like many other parents, made sure I ate healthy when I was young. My mother limited how much candy I ate and told me to eat vegetables. I didn’t enjoy it at the time, but now I’m happy for my healthy habits. The same is true for spending time on electronic devices. It’s not just a good idea for parents to limit how much time their kids spend glued to their phones; it’s actually a parent’s responsibility to do so.
That all being said, I think it’s also important to note that parents shouldn’t put harsh limits on how much their children use their gadgets. Parents should make sure that their kids aren’t spending all day glued to the screen, but at the same time they need to be aware that technology skills will be important to everyone’s education and career. For example, a lot of kids are good at typing because they enjoy playing computer games or chatting online with their friends. Parents should use time limits, but there’s no easy answer for how long those time limits should be. Instead, they need to know their own child and work to use limits that help their child find balance.
In short, it’s important that kids know how to use technology, but parents need to teach their children to use it responsibly. When they grow up, kids will be thankful for those healthy habits their parents helped them develop.
Last Sunday, I was watching a TV show on CCTV-10 whose theme is about children education. On that program one Expert named Yiran Liu put forward the suggestion that children should not be allowed to spend any time on electronic devices like smart phone or computer. It is then that the question popped in my head whether this so-called expert is right about his view. I highly doubt that. As far as I’m concerned, it is beneficial that children are authorized to get access to devices like cellphone. My arguments and illustrations are listed as follows.
First of all, crucial skills like computer skills should be necessarily developed especially for children. Sparing time on computer will be helpful for students to cultivate their ability to utilize the computer and only by capturing those skills could the pupils enhance their comprehensive capacity due to the reason that the computer skills are the basis of many modern occupations. To illustrate, my nephew Li is a golden medal winner for the self-developed robots contest last year in Luoyang, China. And all the achievement he has acquired is based on his proficiency of computer and the installed apps. Had he not acquired the computer skills by devoting his time on it, he would not have gone any further in that competition.
On top of that, by focusing on electronic devices, the youth could release their pressure from school. It is well-known that students in China, especially those in primary and middle schools, are overwhelmed by their homework from school and cram school. And some video games could simply lift the mount-like pressure from them for a while and they could better devote themselves to homework after the break. I still remember vividly that when I was little, I needed to do a lot of homework from Math, English, Chinese, PE, etc. that I was so tired from all of it. 10 minutes’ away from it and playing some video games was such a release for me. And we could say that it is helpful for kids to spend some time on computer.
In addition, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That is mainly because that no leisure time for kids is not healthy for them to develop any interests out of study and those interests like music, arts or sports are the key to help a person to be fully-developed. And it is vital for our future generation to be well-educated in a well-rounded way and be prepared to all kinds of challenges in the coming days.
In a nutshell, I strongly hold the view that children should be taken away from their homework for a while and spend some time on computers. Only in this way will they soundly grow into a comprehensive talent and adapt to all kinds of jobs.