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
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
Brain Development & 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
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
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.