What are some positive and negative effects of electronic devices on kids?

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Many people worry today about the negative ways in which electronic devices can affect kids.  One possible negative effect is on kids’ ability to socialize.  Some people believe that kids lose their ability to interact with real people face-to-face because too many of their interactions are happening on their electronic devices.  A second negative effect comes from the fact that kids can interact with random people via their electronic devices.  The worry here is that people can contact kids with bad intent.  They can use electronic devices to groom kids for sexual abuse.  They can get kids to send them pictures where the kids are naked or partially naked.  A final potential negative impact is on kids’ study habits.  Kids often want to spend time playing with their devices instead of studying.  They even bring devices to school and expect to be allowed to use them when they are in class.  This makes it harder for them to learn.  In these ways, we can argue that devices can harm kids socially, academically, and even physically.

However, there are also many ways in which electronics can have a positive impact on kids.  Electronics can help them to keep in touch with friends and family.  Electronics can allow them to do school work more easily.  A child who has a sudden thought can pick up an electronic device, access the internet, and find information on whatever topic they had been thinking/wondering about.  Kids can get apps that can help them do things like learning languages or learning how to use GPS devices to engage in geocaching.  These are things that are not strictly academic, but which help kids grow as well-rounded people.  Finally, it is important for kids to have fun.  We must not forget that kids need to have down time in order to remain happy and able to do their school work and other things that they need to do.  Electronic devices help them do this.

As with just about everything in life, there are clearly good and bad points about electronic devices. 

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