Month: November 2017

Public anxieties over youth and media may be unfounded

No, the internet is not actually stealing kids’ innocence Popular claims about media harm don’t always stack up against the evidence. Shutterstock The news is constantly awash with stories reporting on – and arguably amplifying – public anxieties over youth and media. The anxieties concern violence and video games, gaming addiction, internet and mental health, and teen suicide. For example, child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg recently linked the sexualisation of children and their easy access to online pornography to an increase in sexual and indecent assault allegations at school. His argument reprised some familiar problems that are common in media panic...

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4 Tips to help limit kids screen time over the holidays

Sweet summertime is here and the battle to limit kids screen time is on! The kids can let their imaginations soar and entertain themselves all day long. Unfortunately, the reality of summertime may not be so sweet. First, kids aren’t always that great at entertaining themselves. Then, with all of the technology that surrounds us, getting kids away from the screen can be difficult. And keeping kids completely disconnected from technology is unrealistic and not even necessary. Unrealistic because when we aren’t going to disconnect completely, why should we expect our kids to? And unnecessary because technology offers many learning...

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How Toys Impact Children’s Development

Children Learn Quickly: a Short Lesson in Neuroplasticity Children’s Development: Children are extremely fast learners. For newborns, the world is a flood of information and they absorb it like a sponge. Connections between neurons in the brain called ‘synapses’ form, and because children have the ability to take in large amounts of information, the number of connections in a young child’s brain (particularly babies and toddlers) are far greater than an adult’s. Unlike adult brains which ignore irrelevant information, the developing brain takes in everything, and forms neural connections that are virtually useless. As the child develops, certain synapses...

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