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Effects of Technology on Children

1. Purpose/Objective: After thoroughly analyzing your research question, it’s time to attempt an answer. Using the sources you locate through the library databases, write a well-documented argument that reveals and supports your position. The essay must have a clear and well-supported main point, draw from a variety of sources, and conclude with a Works Cited page.

2. Audience. You are writing this paper primarily for an academic audience. This means that your language should be formal, academic and concise. Do not use personal pronouns in your discussion. You will need your textbook to look up the format for your citations and reference list. Make sure that you validate all of your statements by referencing your sources correctly. The Lupton Library has vast databases for you to find research material. Go to and start there. When composing your final draft, be sure to refer to the sample essays in your textbook and on Blackboard. Aim to have your essay written in the same style and format as this.

3. Assignment Expectations/Requirements. The basic elements of argument (see your textbook) are relevant to this assignment:

  • You must have a clear claim/thesis and well-chosen support for that claim.

  • Structure the paper to appeal to your academic audience’s needs and interests.

  • Establish yourself as a credible authority by supporting your claim with evidence chosen from a variety of sources.

  • Document your sources correctly and consistently.

Eddy, N. (2015). Technology Impacting Socialization among Children. Eweek.

This is a news article, written by a journalist, Nathan Eddy, which is meant for the general public, especially parents with young children. The article talks about how nearly half percent of parents population are not concerned about their children spending most of their time using digital devices, and playing and surfing on the internet. According to surveyed parents, technology has positive effects on their children’s education. Although, the author tries to raise awareness of the malicious and corrupt contents children can see in online virtual world. Technology has a positive impact on the child’s academic success, but at the same time, it negatively impacts the child’s interaction with parents, affecting the child himself/herself, family relationship, and community involvement.

Fritz, G. K. (M.D.). (2011). AAP Clinical Report on Social Media on Youth. (2011). Brown University Child & Adolescent Behavior Letter, 27(6), 2.

Gregory Fritz (M.D.), professor of psychiatry, wrote an article about the recent research and study, done by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other experts in the field, on how social media affects the socialization and learning opportunities of children and youth. Statistics show that large percent of young population is widely engaged on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.), risking their exposure to online perils such as cyberbullying, online depression, and sexting. This article is intended for youth, parents with children, and everyone who uses social networking sites as the author provides information about its danger and victimization. Young people become more aware of their surroundings, of the reality because of social media, which influence their level of maturity at a young age. Although, excessive use of these social networks affects one’s well-being negatively that extends to family and community relation.

Hsin, C.T., Li, M.C., & Tsai, C.C. (2014). The Influence of Young Children's Use of Technology on Their Learning: A Review. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 17(4), 85-99.

The article intends to inform parents with young children, caregivers of young children, and institutes and facilities who care for children. It examines both the positive and negative contributions of technology in children’s social development and evaluates the learning effects of adult-facilitated and technology-assisted learning on children. The authors aim to raise awareness of the positive and negative influences of technology on children, whether its intended use is for education or entertainment, to improve their capability to learn and develop in healthy, effective ways. The source is useful to the research as it will provide key information on the influence of technology on students’ learning.

Yust, K. (2014). Digital Power: Exploring the Effects of Social Media on Children’s Spirituality. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 19(2), 133-143.

A scholarly article, written by Karen-Marie Yust, intends to inform families, and scholars who study the effects of interactive media on children in all aspects of life (physical, emotional, and spiritual). The article tackles how digital culture shapes children’s identity, experiences and spiritual well-being. Social networking and technology-based activities provide various approaches and perspectives that exert power over the development of young children in spiritual level. The purpose of this article is to convey that interactive media are significant to children’s lives as it is believed to nurture their beliefs, values, and social skills. The constant engagement in online activities affects the child, family, and community in both positive and negative ways. Social media become a place for children where they can relate and find connection with others digitally, which impact their personal lives and socialization experiences that can either result to positive or negative development.

Matyjas.B (2015). Mass Media and Children. Globality in Everyday Life. Procedia-social and behavioral. Sciences(I2) 174(International conference and New Horizons in Education, In 2014,25-27. June 2014,

The purpose of this source is to show how internet or the media play a major role in our everyday life. The goal of the article is to discuss and analyze data on how much internet do we use in our everyday life. The source supports my topic because it showed many statics on how the negative of internet over power the positive. The author points out that when a child stays on the internet it changes their attitude and personality. The author indicates according to E U kids online did a research 60% kids are online every day. Therefore, that’s over half of our kids online.

Lupareno, S (2014) The Negative Influence of the Technical Means on Children Development. Bulgarian Journal of Science &Education Policy, 8c).70

The article gives all the negative impact that the internet gives to our children. The internet affects our children physical and mental, that it can influence on our child growth. The only way we can help our kids is if the parent takes a stand and try to change the kid free time. The author points out according to Unesco date, children age 3-5 be on the internet or tv 28 hours a week and children over age 5 and above, use the internet twice more. The article supports my topic because it shows how the internet harm our kids. The internet also explores our children to violence.

Clinton,C. & Steyer,J.P( 2012, May 21). Is the Internet hurting children?

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I know this source will answers most of my question, just by reading the topic. The purpose of this source to see is we harming our children by letting them access the internet. The main focus is to make sure internet don’t change the way kids think and interact with other. The author points out that a research tells us that even the youngest of children are migrating online, using tablet and smartphone. Consumer report that more than 7.5 million American kids under the age of 13 have a Facebook account, which you supposed to be 13 of age. Statics show by the time the child is 2 they know how to access the internet. This source addresses my research question well, because it tells that social media does show a negative effect on our children. This source also show that kids start very young age accessing the internet.

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