Access to phones, texting, and social media in young children can worry parents that their children might not be able to communicate well socially. Speaking in acronyms, slang, and abbreviations is the norm when texting and using social media applications. Many terms that even parents do not know nowadays. So, is this affecting the way our children communicate?
There is no right or wrong answer to this. While using technology and autocorrect prevents kids from working harder to get their written spellings right, they are simultaneously helping them learn phonetics much faster and improving their speech.
Kids who don’t grow up learning the English language can pick it up really quickly using phones and be bilingual quite easily. This is an advantage of using social media applications and text messaging. But of course, there is nothing quite like using traditional methods of learning and teaching our children to be more tolerant and patient.
In today’s fast-paced world, there is no escaping technology; therefore, everyone must learn to live with it but find the right balance. It is recommended to avoid using screens for as long as possible in children and encourage real physical interactions with other children. Communicating with friends and family and reading books with and to your kids is the best way to improve and expand your child’s ability to understand and communicate.
We have trained and highly skilled pediatric dentists and orthodontists to look after your children patiently and effectively at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Going to the dentist can be overwhelming and sometimes frightening for small children; we understand and make your child’s visit comfortable and pleasant.