Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Children and Technology

Today on NPR's The Diane Rhem show the topic is children and technology. I think it's going to be a fascinating discussion and would encourage those of you who are interested in the topic to tune in.

From the show's website where this episode is entitled "The Big Disconnect": "New technology has radically changed the way we communicate with each other. Young people especially are relying on texting and social media for advice and friendship. A recent study found that children between the ages 8 and 18 are spending more than seven hours with electronic devices every day. Parents working from home are also spending more time on smartphones and tablets. In a new book, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair argues that widespread use of electronic devices exposes kids to unhealthy values and puts children at risk at every developmental stage. She says technology has negative effects on empathy, attention and family relationships. Diane and her guest discuss the effects of technology on children and their families and what parents can do about it."

To listen live, click here or tune into your local NPR radio station. I would love to hear what you think of the show so we can get a discussion going on technology, its uses for education, its effects on your family, and how you incorporate it into your family's educational journey.  

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, great info Becca. I know the recent study only goes to children up to 18, but I think we can include college kids as well. My kids who are all in college, know I want to HEAR their voice, the innuendos of conversation, so I ask them to not text me unless it is an emergency. You can hear how they are REALLY doing with their voices. What they say and what they are not saying that we as parents can pick up on. We have been doing this for about 3 years now and its working pretty well. They can be re-trained!!
    Thanks and hugs,