Are attention spans shrinking? Do kids read as many books as they once did? Can kids write essays like the ones we had to in school? With studies showing the extensive use of technology in kids’ everyday lives is changing the way their brains develop, TVO’s Web-TV program for parents, Your Voice, asks: Is technology dumbing down our kids?
Streamed live and on-demand at www.tvo.org/q2c and www.q2cfestival.com beginning at 2:30 pm today from the atrium of Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, this special edition of Your Voice is part of TVO’s extensive coverage of Quantum to Cosmos Festival. To discuss and debate the effects of technology on child development, host Steve Paikin, sitting in for Cheryl Jackson, welcomes Mike Dover, vice president of nGenera Insight and Advisory Services and lead researcher on Don Tapscott’s book Growing Up Digital; professor Julie Mueller from Wilfred Laurier University faculty of education; and journalist Alison Armstrong, co-author of The Child and the Machine: Why Computers Put Our Children’s Education at Risk.
This episode of Your Voice will also be broadcast on TVO on Sunday October 25 at 6 pm.