Everyone needs their space sometime in life. While the space was associated with silence and sitting alone, this has changed over time. Now the silence space has been replaced with tech space. Mobiles, Television, Computers, Tablets, Kindles, etc have taken over.

While the adults use their smart phones all the time, the children are not left far behind. I had seen an advertisement on television long time back of MTS Broadband Internet. It had 2 different ads.Where a child is born and starts using the mobile phone and watches videos, takes pictures, connects to video call and enjoys doing all he does.A child moves away from a womb and goes to GOD. He says that if my parents don’t have wifi, internet and smart phones then why should I go there? Please send me elsewhere.

Now these are just funny ads but the reality is that while parents feel unsecured and astonished at their children wanting screen space, the children find it as a way of communicating and expressing themselves.

Why do children need screen space?

We can’t blame the children but all the entertainment and learning now happens through screen
based devices like television, computer, mobiles, etc.

Children use it for various reasons such as

Watching Television for entertainment
Using Computers for School Projects/Internet
Using Mobile Phones for Communicating and playing games
It helps them to entertain, get work done and communicate with ease.

Doesn’t this impact their growth?
Children are active in nature so despite the screen space that they use, they will never be impacted. Children have learnt like adults on how to integrate the screens space with other activities. Children use mobile phone now more effectively to research about their project work and finish their school projects more quickly.

Children use mobile phones to learn new skills like dancing, singing, art and crafts, etc by watching Youtube Videos. Children watch news and informative programs to prepare speeches to compete in school. Children use the computers, kindle devices for reading, learning, etc

Do Girls and Boys need the same screen space?

This can be a debatable question but the way both are conditioned, the boys seem to use more of screen time then girls do. Their usage preferences may also differ as per the requirement.

Boys will use the Mobile Phone for
Watching Movies
Watching Videos
Listening to Music

Girls will use the Mobile Phone for
Mostly Shopping
Browsing Internet for Health Related content
Watching Videos (DIY, Cooking, Etc)
Listening to Music (Soft in Nature)
This information can vary as per requirement but the psychology usually points at these patterns.

Times when children usually use phones
After School
While Eating
During Play
While Studying
While Watching Television

These can be a few instances where it has been observed that children would use screen space.

The Apps that children may use often
Facebook and Instagram (For Socializing)
Youtube (For watching Videos)
Whatsapp and Snapchat (For chatting)
Ola and Uber (For Cab Booking – Mostly for parents or relatives)

Since the use of Computers and Mobile has increased even in schools and colleges for teaching as it offers a multimedia experience and makes learning fun, the kids are doing a lot of learning through these devices.

Byju’s – The Learning App

As technology started taking over the learning space, this app made its quite entry into the market as it realized the potential of learning through Mobile Phones, especially with children using phones
more often.

It covered classes from 4th to 12th and most of the competitive exams. This helped using the multimedia experience of the mobile and learning content to be integrated and enable learning on the go.

Children and Future of Screen Space

More Learning Apps

More Learning Games

More varied learning experience

We can conclude by saying that children have learnt how to use the screen time and space to enhance their learning rather than acting as a hindrance to their growth.

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