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Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate

Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Journal findings warn that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be detrimental to ‘social-emotional development’
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Whilst it is easy to be dismissive or hyper-concerned by the content of articles of this ilk, (check the comment stream), it is nonetheless a reminder that when we uncritically introduce new modes of "dealing with the world" we by necessity change the way we deal with the world. The possible downsides of technological adoption should always be considered along with the benefits. 

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Jury's still out on educational value of iPad apps

Jury's still out on educational value of iPad apps | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"With the proliferation of smart phones and tablet devices, the technology is fast trickling down to the youngest members of the family. It seems like a new, so-called ‘educational’ app comes on the market every day."

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Whilst it's not unexpected that it's almost impossible to be definitive as to the educational value of apps this article does highlight the need to look beyond the obvious.

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The Touch-Screen Generation

The Touch-Screen Generation | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?


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Yet another article that backs up the thinking that tablets are rightly or wrongly making a difference to how young children interact with their world. The fact that they are growing up in world where screens are so ubiquitous begs the question regarding whether access to them should or indeed can be restricted and if so under what circumstances. The bigger question however might be more about whether through youngsters growing up with screens may mean that the novelty value we adults often ascribe to screens may fade sooner for them than for we adults. It may be that because of this youngsters may self regulate their interactions.

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Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 2:34 PM

Students are learning with the iPad because of  the kinesthetics of touching the screen.  This goes for children as small as 2 years old.  Students understand how to use a touch screen and are learning through touch.

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The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind

The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Researchers still do not know what the future might hold for a generation raised with smartphones and tablets.
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Watching our 2 year old grandson seamlessly using his parents and our iPads and iPhones to quickly access apps and "play" with them it's not hard to come to the conclusion that something new and interesting is happening in his world when compared to that of his parents. Whether this is good, bad or otherwise is even more interesting to ponder on. See also http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-hendry/the-touchscreen-generatio_b_3006391.html

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PBS Parents Play & Learn HD

PBS’ first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including at the grocery store, at home, in the kitchen, and many more.
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38% of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media, Study Says

38% of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media, Study Says | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
In two years, tablet and smartphone use among children under 2 has tripled. In 2011, 10% of children used mobile media, while 38% in 2013 have.
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Having spent more than an hour yesterday with my two and a half year old grandson playing with Toca Boca apps and more anw watching and listening as he learnt and applied new words from within the app play, it's not hard to understand the attraction mobile media has. The trick of course will be once again enabling and managing the positives without creating too many negatives.

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Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy - Telegraph

Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy - Telegraph | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Children as young as four are becoming so addicted to smartphones and iPads that they require psychological treatment.
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The issue identified in this post should not come as a surprise as just about every advance in human history has had a downside of some sort and it is often only with the benefit of hindsight that we can identify these downsides. RSI and other soft tissue issues associated with using computers, issues associated with prolonged online gaming and/or chatrooms, changing perceptions of sexuality associated with the ease of acces to online pornography are just a few like downsides. The danger is that issues such as these either become a 'cause celebre' or are totally ignored. Reasoned debate and recognition should be paramount. 

 

For those interested in the issue David Pogue was writing about "A Parent's Struggle With a Child's iPad Addiction back in 2011 http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/a-parents-struggle-with-a-childs-ipad-addiction/ There is also dicussion in the Apple Support Community https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2754340?start=0&tstart=0 and reference to "a four-year-old girl is currently undergoing therapy after becoming obsessed with playing games on her iPad." http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipad-iphone/news/?newsid=3443341&olo=rss are reposted consistently.

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The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids!

The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids! | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Just three years old, tablets, and the iPad in particular, have turned out to be phenomenal tools for the under-six set. At no other time have parents had a sophisticated and user-friendly product that demonstrates kids' innate logic and abilities.
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Another of a series of articles looking at how under sixes are interacting with touch screens. See also http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/disruptions-what-does-a-tablet-do-to-the-childs-mind/

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The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids!

The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids! | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Just three years old, tablets, and the iPad in particular, have turned out to be phenomenal tools for the under-six set. At no other time have parents had a sophisticated and user-friendly product that demonstrates kids' innate logic and abilities.
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An interesting read as I've seen my 2 year old grandson demonstrate all manner of behaviours with the iPad that defeat some adults.

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Switched-on iPad infants put to the test

Switched-on iPad infants put to the test | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Dr Kaufman also gets children to participate in drawing, colouring and block building, both physically and on iPads. Preliminary findings have shown that for some children, touchscreens appear to motivate and enhance learning rather than hinder it.

Dr Kaufman also said results were indicating that calm, creative activities on the touchscreen, such as painting, were similar to their ''real world'' counterparts in that they ''do not seem to adversely affect children's behaviour or attention in the short term''."

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