(borrowed from a Facebook post and associated thread Mika Leuck shared)
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012)...I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. More on Huffington Post
@Brian Perhaps, but given that most people in this online community are in Hawaii...
Its also worth noting that most internet access from the developing world occurs via mobile devices, and even the low end handsets are increasingly sophisticated.
Here is a Ruby book for kids we are anxiously anticipating: http://helloruby.com/ The author asked for $10K on Kickstarter and got $380,747 in pledges :-)
Great points from two professors! Thank you for joining the discussion. I agree its all about how you use the new tools.
In every generation you'll find people who will blame technology for any wrong doing in our society instead of looking for creative ways to improve our lives and the lives of our children, for example:
TV show for kids (yes, TV was once a revolutionizing idea that people considered to outlawed - and some societies, cultures, and communities still ban TV): http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/teeth
Now, our generation has been 'exposed' to a new and revolutionizing technology: the smartphone with their millions of apps:
New gaming app inspires kids to brush teeth http://fw.to/seKYbNH
And I just thought that these technologies, if been used creatively, bring to us all some fresh breath :)
This may be a simple case of reacting to changes in the world. A device is a tool-- it can be used for good or bad. It can be distracting or helpful. Any tool requires training. Mobile devices may take a bit more training than reading books (there are many publications that could be deemed bad for young people), but the world is changing very, very rapidly. It is up to us to make sure that it changes in directions that will lead us into a more productive and happier existence. We are now getting the first generation of children who grew up with home technologies. Their parents were born perhaps after 1980 or later. Whatever parents value will be passed on to their offspring. That will not change, so if todayʻs parents value mobile technology-- their children will also value mobile technology. Hereʻs an interesting example of how a 4 year old saved a life with a handheld device.
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