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5 Communication Skills Your Children are at Risk of Losing

According to studies, there are communication skills today’s kids have already lost, and others that are at risk of losing.

We are living a period of technological momentum, where the concept “machines will replace us humans” does not refer to the future any longer. We’ve seen reality becoming virtual, face-to-face communications being replaced by screens, and people expressing their emotions through emoticons, likes, and reactions!

By saying so, there is no doubt that technology affects our communication skills! If we adults believe in this, and see technology affect our communication skills and general expression standards, imagine what our kids and the next generations will feel and tell, being exposed to screens most of their time.

According to studies, there are communication skills today’s kids have already lost, and others that are at risk of losing. Below are 5 of these skills, we parents and adults must pay attention to and make some serious change to save them.

1. Socializing, Caring and Listening

Today’s children are slowly losing their ability to speak to others and connect. Their extreme addiction to the internet has built them a new world, where they feel that they have everything. In contrast, though, kids are missing the real-life adventures and interactions, and they tend to be less confident to approach their friends and talk to them for the things they want. Moreover, they tend to become egocentric and focus on their needs, ignoring who is surrounding them or even talking to them.

2. Thinking and Communicating on the Spur of the Moment

This is not so common for kids under the age of 6, who don’t know how to write yet, but still it could affect them, once they start doing so. The use of digital devices and applications to communicate, could make it difficult for them to think and speak. This is because instant communication can be filtered before it’s actually expressed; whereas, in-person communication requires us to be spontaneous and think in the moment.

3. Understanding and Use the Non-Verbal Language

Some of you might have already started thinking that instant communication (point 2) is actually healthy for our children, if it requires that filtering before it is actually send out. We will agree to the point that it could help them getting to know how to construct sentences, and then eventually, paragraphs and texts. But what about the non-verbal language? Verbal and non-verbal must co-exist in order to understand the spoken message. Remember non-verbal communication is always “louder” than the verbal!  

4. Building and Using Arguments

In continuation to the points 2 and 3, instant communication does also to express your thoughts in short bursts. How it could be possible then, for the speaker –a kid in our case- to express their thoughts and build a case or an argument at the same time? Instant communication teaches children to express themselves with emoticons and-or GIFs instead of words, which holds them back from putting together deeper and cohesive thoughts or arguments that build upon each other. We need to change that, don’t we?

5. Interacting Face-to-Face with Authenticity

It is simple: kids must be encouraged to communicate more in person, than through devices. This is the way to conjoin and understand the verbal and non-verbal communication. Moreover, it is more authentic and friendly, transparent and direct. The reason is that when we communicate in person there are no walls to cover the words, nor emoticons to replace the feelings. What is expressed is the child’s true thoughts, with a physical touch of encouragement and affection!

So, this is the time to make some serious change.

It is time to protect our kids, and guide them to learn to correctly communicate.

Clear, honest communication can prevent a lot of future problems and build really healthy friendships, relationships and careers.

One thing we suggest is to rethink technology, and place a set of rules for your children. We don’t ask you to replace technology in its entirety, it is not possible and we do need technology.

But start getting your children busy with better-quality activities. Take your kids on trips and adventures that would want to share with others and make them engage with others, initiate dialogues with them, or get them to meet the new world of (personalized) books!

You’ll be surprised by how much books can help your kids retain and improve communication skills. Not only they will learn the verbal language by reading the book; they will also learn the non-verbal by viewing its images. Moreover, with your encouragement, they will want to share their thoughts about their book, putting in practice everything they have learned during the reading experience!

What are you waiting for?

Let’s make this change!

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