July 6, 2012

Are Gadgets Making Kids Dumber?

Jane Wakefield, BBC News

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These days, with the toddler acknowledged as the family's tablet expert, children often learn to navigate the internet before they learn to read. But are smart screens making our children smarter or simply creating a new generation of "square eyes"? In the US most young children have access to a touch-screen device and, according to Daniel Anderson, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, using these devices could be more addictive than watching television. A young child will look away from a TV screen about 150 times an hour, but a well-designed iPad app is more engaging because the child is touching the screen to generate actions.

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