Children and Technology

Children and Technology

Children and Technology

Date posted: May 29, 2018

What is the impact of technology on children? The two part blog series from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, What Does the Research Say About Tech and Kids’ Learning? Part 1 and Part 2, covers many of the issues and current understandings surrounding children’s use of technology, the positive and the negative.

Research into how technology influences children (and parents) is ongoing. Here are some interesting new studies:

What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story? describes the first study using MRI technology to investigate the effect of story format on the areas of the brain supporting language, visual imagery and learning in preschoolers.

Research Suggests Well-Designed Preschool Apps Can Encourage Family Engagement and Self-Regulation looks at a couple of studies – one where toys are replaced by screens and another examining  how the design of a video player app for tablets can affect children’s behaviour. Interesting results for both parents and media designers.

What is good advice for parents? The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life is a source of practical information on balancing media use. The simple slogan is:

  • Enjoy screens.
  • Not too much.
  • Mostly with others.

(Email to borrow the book and learn more.)

Read What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids to see what researchers are doing at home.

Will the rapid development of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) eventually eliminate the concept of ‘screen time’? For a peek at what this might mean, click Our Screenless Future Calls for Augmented Parenting.

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