The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind

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Do you ever wonder if this generation is too reliant on portable screens?  Do you have any concerns about the future of this generation because of technology?

Dr.  Gary Small. director of the Longevity Center at the University of California says ” We really don’t know the full neurological effects of these technologies.”  Dr. Small does address that the brain is highly sensitive to stimuli like, ipads and other technological gadgets.  People may spend a lot of time on ipads and smartphones and if they spend less time communicating with people this could result into a big problem in the future.

How much different is giving your children crayons and a coloring book at the dinner table than giving them an ipad?

Parents that give their children an ipad at the dinner table can control what their children do on the ipad.

Sherry Turkle professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, states the conflict with giving a child an ipad at the dinner table is “Conversations with each other are the way children learn to have conversations with themselves, and learn how to be alone.”  Ms. Turkle states that learning about solitude and being alone is an essential part of early development.  Children who miss out on early social development will have a false sense of intimacy without risks.  A huge concern is that children who use gadgets might not be able to think independently and use their imaginations.

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