This month (so far), I have been focused on promoting my android apps; in particular, the two interactive children's books, Seesaw Kitty and Kitty Conundrum. What makes them different is that they are not ebooks. They are actual applications. As such, they take a lot more work to create and they are designed specifically for android tablets.
However, all this aside, there is an underlying issue concerning the use of technology by children, especially under the age of 5 years. This is always a touchy subject and, in the course of my promotional activities, I have seen views expressed from one extreme to the other. Bear in mind also that this issue has been around since Adam was cowboy or at the very least, since they invented the television.
There is considerable research on this subject with some clearly advocating no exposure while others downplay the effects on young brains. I'm not going to spell out all this research as a simple trawl through the internet will give you plenty to look at. However, if you need a place to start, Living Montessori Now has references to various articles and research.
In any case, there were two things that appeared to sum it all up for me. The first was a TED talk by Dimitri Christakis where he talked about media and children. You can see the video on YouTube here. A child's brain, particularly during the first two years, undergoes massive development of neural pathways. Under-stimulation results in poor development while over-stimulation creates behavioural issues. It was also interesting to see how over-stimulation makes it difficult for the subject to retain information about places visited. The over-stimulation occurred as a result of rapid scene changes when viewing media.
The second was an article referencing a piece of research which you can find here. To sum up, the article stated: "... her research found 85 per cent of the apps purchased for their children were just "drill and practice" games that asked children to repeat an action or remember simple facts. Such apps lead to lower-level neural development and often include excessive rewarding that can create unrealistic expectations in children."
My kids are in their late teens but they remind me everyday that their world is quite different from the one I grew up in and no doubt, the same will be true of the next generation. Avoiding technology altogether is not really an answer, at least not in my view, as studies also show familiarity helps to encourage further exploration. Becoming familiar with the tools of today may eventually help them to move on and develop the tools of tomorrow.
What does all this mean? In a nutshell, avoid apps that involve rapid scene changes and apps that are "drill and practice" games. It's all about the pace at which things happen for the little ones and setting the stage to develop their imagination. Books, whatever the medium, are generally a safe bet and they tend to leave plenty of room for the imagination, which I can assure you, they have in abundance.
PLA Plastic is the new kid on the block and is touted as the eco-friendly alternative to ordinary plastic. This article looks at what it is and considers its possible future in a world that is shying away from plastic waste.
People often ask this question. The standard answer is "Give it a go and test." There's more to this and this article covers what you should know and provides tools to help you work it out.
I recently wrote a book called Paint It Black. ..... It was in this context that I embarked upon designing a cover for the book and so the fun began.
Creating and running a business these days can be a tough ask. This is more so for local businesses. Customers are more discerning and when they have the power of the internet at their fingertips, they are no longer thnking locally but globally.
This Expo was held in Tokoroa, which is in the Waikato region. The event was held over 2 days; 19th - 20th June 2014.
I needed to travel up north to Hamilton. The reason for going was to join the search and rescue effort to locate a beloved family member who had gone missing. However, that's a whole different story for another time. I took this opportunity to ride up...
Carol, my wife, has quite a different approach to gardening from me.
Wellington, New Zealand on a beautiful day is unbeatable. The call to get on the bike and ride, irresistable. A ride from Upper Hutt to Wellington and round the bays...
...issue concerning the use of technology by children, especially under the age of 5 years.
Page Views: 1688