Challenges of Raising and Educating Digital Natives

The impact of early technology use and exposure show that students entering school are now more likely to struggle with several issues  that undermine learning, including:

  • Impulse control and self-regulation
  • Distracted attention, difficulties concentrating
  • Motor and optical sensory development
  • Decreased development in communication, social skills, empathy
  • Creativity and imagination declines
  • Increasing rates of anxiety, depression, attachment disorder, attention deficit disorder, psychosis, and problematic behaviors
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Impulse control and self-regulation

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Distracted attention, difficulties concentrating

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Motor and optical sensory development

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Decreased development in communication, social skills, empathy

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Creativity and imagination declines

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Increasing rates of anxiety, depression, attachment disorder, attention deficit disorder, psychosis, and problematic behaviors

Preparing students that are growing up in a digital world presents the unique new challenge of teaching them to understand and utilize the advantages of technology, while making sure we are protecting and preventing the dangers that can undermine their safety and long term success. Digital Citizen Academy is dedicated to providing programs and resources to address these challenges.

Brain Development & School Performance

Brain Development and School Performance

Fact: Too much screen time results in grey matter shrinkage, problems with white matter’s ability to communicate, and general decline in cognitive performance.

Legal Implications & Ethical Issues

Legal Implications and Ethical Issues

Fact: Parents of children who are bullied or harassed may file lawsuits against a school or school district for failing to stop the harmful behavior.

Effects of Cyberbullying & Sexting

Effects of Cyberbullying and Sexting

Fact: Approximately 43 percent of students  report experiencing cyberbullying during their lifetime. 24 percent of high-school age teens have been involved in a form of sexting.