Children and Electronic Devices

girl and boy using Android smartphones
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 4, 2020 and last updated on July 16, 2023

The topic of children and electronic devices is highly relevant for English learners as it provides an opportunity to enhance their language skills while gaining valuable insights into a prevalent aspect of modern society. Exploring this topic enables learners to acquire essential vocabulary related to technology, parenting and child development.

By engaging in conversations on responsible usage and its impact, English learners can develop their communication abilities and broaden their understanding of the digital world, empowering them to make informed decisions and navigate technology effectively.



Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Children and Electronic Devices Review

In today’s digital age, the presence of electronic devices in the lives of children has become increasingly prevalent. From smartphones and tablets to gaming consoles and laptops, these devices offer a wide range of opportunities and challenges. While technology can provide educational benefits and entertainment, concerns arise regarding its potential impact on children’s development, social interaction and overall well-being.

Exploring the topic of children and electronic devices allows us to delve into the advantages, disadvantages, and responsible usage, enabling us to navigate this evolving landscape and promote healthy digital habits for the younger generation.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • device (noun)
  • electronic (noun)
  • automatically (adverb)
  • parental (adjective)
  • approach (noun)
  • own accord (idiom)
  • argue (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • At what age do you think it is appropriate for children to start using electronic devices? Why?
  • Should parents limit the time children spend on electronic devices?
  • What are some potential risks or drawbacks of children using electronic devices for extended periods?
  • How do electronic devices, such as smartphones or tablets, benefit children's education and learning?
  • Is it better to set limits on usage or leave children free to use them whenever they want? Why?
  • Should the amount of time children can use electronic devices depend on their age?
  • Do you think children should be given electronic devices to play with as a present for good behaviour?
  • How can we strike a balance between embracing the advantages of technology and protecting children from its potential negative effects?
  • How can parents ensure that their children have a healthy balance between screen time and other activities?
  • How can parents and educators promote creativity and critical thinking skills in children, even when using electronic devices?
  • Should schools incorporate more technology into their curriculum, or is it better to limit children's exposure to electronic devices during school hours?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.