When thinking of technology, many words spring to mind: innovative, fun, futuristic, essential. These positive words, however, do not encompass the whole of the issue of technology in the lives of young children. Technology, such as tablets, computers, smartphones, television, etc., has become so essential in life that it has been forgotten how to live without it, and it is this attitude that can be pushed onto the next generation of children. As soon as young children are able to grasp items, they are given a tablet, or put in front of a screen, instead of playing traditionally, with plush toys, imaginary play, or outside, in a sandpit, playing …show more content…
Everything that is done as a society is centred around enjoyment and leisure; there is sport, technology, and locations, specifically for the purpose of having fun, and even though adults may not wish to admit such a thing, they play just as much as a preschool aged child does . Play is such an important aspect of both a child’s development, that in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 31 states that ‘Children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’ As stated by Goldstein, a specialist in play and child development, ‘Play is the lens through which children experience their world and the world of others.’ And as children conquer this world, they develop new skills and competencies that then influence their confidence and resilience in a positive manner, allowing them to have the requirements to face future …show more content…
If children are not given this opportunity and are not being stimulated in a sufficient manner, they will suffer issues in their development both presently, and in the long term . Play is essential in cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of young children and without it a child cannot learn or develop .
2. How does technology impact the various types of play?
Play is a crucial and multi-faceted necessity for the learning and development of young children. The facets encompass all the various types of play, and through these types of play, children are able to learn about differing aspects of the world around them. There are six different types of play, each with their own specific benefits and developmental areas, they are:
• Discovery play helps children to learn about the world around them and how it works. This method of play can be both structured and unintentional, and it is seen everywhere. A specific discovery toy, is one that can have multiple ways of achieving the result.
• Physical play is rather self-explanatory, it involves running, jumping, playing games, and provides crucial exercise for the child. This method of play is one that can be adapted to any situation, and is also accompanied by many other types of play