Children should never be given unnecessary access to technology, just to keep them occupied. It can cause serious, life-long developmental issues, and severely alter their self-regulating and coping skills. According to this article, children under the age of 2 should have no access to technology whatsoever, and I couldn’t agree more. Children learn and absorb so much in the first few years of their life, mostly through hands-on interactions that stimulate all of their senses. They want to touch, smell, taste, hear, and see all of their surroundings. Montessori stresses the need for children to work with their hands, using “natural” materials. They have an internal desire to manipulate and create things using their hands, knowing all the while that their work is purposeful. Being cooped up inside, watching television for several hours is very distracting, and takes them away from these “real world” experiences.
At HBMH, we choose not to have computers in the classroom, and for this very reason. Access to technology should be limited as much as possible, given the child is of an appropriate age.
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