Children Addicted to Technology [in conversation with a Dr]

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Children Addicted to Technology [in conversation with a Dr]

Summary:
– exposure changes brain structure (neuroplasticity & concept of neurons that fire together, wire together) – brains are sensitive to stimulus (particularly when repeated)
– Stanford University research:
– link between game play & inability to recognise & read emotions on a human face (not being developed & perfected
– we need both types of communication skills (tech & real world)
– what is an excessive level of screen use?
– depends on the individual (both environment & genetics)
– some studies advocate limiting TV/DVD/ Video game use for children because a correlation has been found with ADHD
– American Academy of Paediatrics has (albeit controversially) recommended no TV/DVD/ Video game use for children under 2 years of age
– controversial due to no cause & effect link between tech use & ADHD
– Children with ASD are often treated by minimising their technology use & increasing their social skills
– technology can become a form of addiction (but not an official diagnosis)
– guide for technology use:
– get up, take breaks
– stretch
– talk
– go outside & do other things
– limit the time on technology
– balance time outside & in conversation (eye contact, social skills)
– “net nannie” technologies for younger children
– set rules: no tech at all during family meals & gatherings (includes text)
– older children – have conversations with them
– similarly technophobes need to “up” their technology use

Source: K-12 Greatest Hits: The Best Ideas in Education | podcast date: 12/09/2009
Mark Taylor, Psychologist: 0467 087 300

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