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Digital Technology Is Literally Rewiring Our Childrens Brains & They Will Function And Learn Differently…

by dballard on June 18, 2010

I came across this video doing research, and after watching the video it became clear how much technology is changing the dynamics of our children. Not necessarily is the change bad or good but, we need to be mindful that it is a dramatic change in the development of our youth and a topic worthy of more communication and awareness.

In this video Phillip Zimbardo, a psychologist and professor at Stanford University discusses the perspective of time:  “past oriented” and “future oriented”, and then equates it to the role of education.

If our children are our future, it behooves us to understand what and how the Digital Age is changing our youths perspective of learning. Considering the fact that every nine seconds a child drops out of school should be an indicator there needs to be an understanding as to why. According to Phillip our childrens’ brains are literally being rewired with all the stimulus from the technologies our children are exposed to on a daily basis.

The CyberHood Watch partners have discussed with several guests the idea of kids learning how to unplug from the digital environment, which is not likely to happen. That is why this video gives hope to the idea of identifying what may need to changed to accommodate the future of our children functioning in today’s digital world.

Something that caught my attention, among the many interesting points brought out in this video,  which is the disappearance of the family gathering around the dinner table every evening. I have always personally felt that the disappearance of the family dinner times was a significant turning point in many families and their relationships with their children. I would venture to guess that those who still have dinner together also have better adjusted children when it comes to digital behaviors…Just my opinion.

What are your thoughts after watching the video?

 

david c ballard

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