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TV and video games link to emotional and behavioural problems among young boys

Medical X-Press – Inga Feitsma

“New research from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found a link between different types of electronic media and mental health among young children. Led by Dr Lisa Mundy, the research is the first large population-based study to show clear links between the amount of time spent using TV and video games, and emotional and behavioural problems in late childhood (8-9 years). It was published today in Academic Pediatrics. “This is an important age group to study, because it’s the age at which children’s use of media begins to escalate,” Dr Mundy explains.”(more)

On Kids And Screens, A Middle Way Between Fear And Hype

NPR Ed – Anya Kamenetz

…a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices. How should we feel about that?…On the one hand, electronic toys for babies fall short in educational benefits, some screen-addled tweens may be worse at reading emotions and cyberbullying, privacy, even suicide are concerns. On the other hand, shows like Daniel Tiger promote pro-social messages, artificial intelligence promises “magical robo-tutors in the sky,” more students will soon be expected to learn computer science, and you can start them on it as young as age 4. Sonia Livingstone, who has been researching families and technology for nearly three decades, says that families are getting whipsawed by this “polarized” advice.”(more)

Parent-Preschooler Interactions Affected by Media Use, Study Says

Education News – Grace Smith

“A new study from the University of Michigan has found that even preschool-aged children are caught up in the electronic device rage. Parents and kids three to five- years-old are not communicating with one another because the young ones are using video games, mobile devices, and television so often. The difference in this study is that instead of relying on self-reporting by parents who were tracking their children’s media time, the scientists tried something different. The researchers used audio equipment to follow preschoolers as they interacted with their parents in 2010 and 2011…The surprising results showed that kids with mothers who had graduate degrees had much less exposure to media than young ones with moms who had only high school diplomas or who had one year of university. Nicholas Waters, the lead author of the study, said that moms who were highly educated were more likely to discuss media use with their kids. The research also found that these mothers had their children watch more education programming on television.”(more)

Humanity must steer tech revolution

China Daily Europe- By Klaus Schwab

“There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater potential peril, if the best parts of human nature do not guide changes
We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: The response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.The original Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The second used electric power to create mass production. The third used electronics and information technology to automate production. A fourth, digital revolution has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.”(more)

IBM granted most U.S. patents in 2015, study finds

REUTERS- Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

“International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) was granted the most U.S. patents for the 23rd year in a row in 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm IFI Claims Patents Services.There were 298,407 utility patents granted in 2015, down slightly from 2014, IFI Claims said on Wednesday. IBM gained 7,355 patents last year. Utility patents cover function rather than design.Among the technology giants notable for their intellectual property, Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google stepped up its patent activity, moving to the fifth position from eighth in 2014, while Apple Inc (AAPL.O) stayed at the 11th position.”(more)

Adjust report lists 10 best educational apps for kids

News Corp Australia- Rod Chester National technology writer

“A NEW detailed study into apps for kids reveals the wide impact smartphones and tablets is having on how children play and learn.That advantage becomes greater when you look at the education market for children.The Apple app store has 2255 apps to help children with their homework, which is more than the 1008 homework helpers you’ll find in the app store for a Google Android device. But homework prompters are just a small fraction of the educational app market.”(more)