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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)

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