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A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley
“On the scale between candy and crack cocaine, it’s closer to crack cocaine,” Mr. Anderson said of screens...

He has five children and 12 tech rules. They include: no phones until the summer before high school, no screens in bedrooms, network-level content blocking, no social media until age 13, no iPads at all and screen time schedules enforced by Google Wifi that he controls from his phone. Bad behavior? The child goes offline for 24 hours...

And there are those in tech who disagree that screens are dangerous... “It’s contrarian,” Mr. Toff said. “But I feel like I’m speaking for a lot of parents that are afraid of speaking out loud for fear of judgment.” He said he thinks back to his own childhood growing up watching a lot of TV. “I think I turned out O.K.,” Mr. Toff said.
education  parenting  children  learning  health  science  future-unknown 
november 2018 by iamfantastikate
What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?
When children could see illustrations, language-network activity dropped a bit compared to the audio condition. Instead of only paying attention to the words, Hutton says, the children's understanding of the story was "scaffolded" by having the images as clues.

"Give them a picture and they have a cookie to work with," he explains. "With animation it's all dumped on them all at once and they don't have to do any of the work."

Most importantly, in the illustrated book condition, researchers saw increased connectivity between — and among — all the networks they were looking at: visual perception, imagery, default mode and language.
education  books  children  learning  science 
may 2018 by iamfantastikate

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