Will Technology Make Kids Better?
Technology has changed parenting. “What you see and what you think you know are not always the same,” says New York pediatrician Mark Rubinstein. “To me, it is one thing to use a smart phone and to know what has been done in the past, but to have an app that can explain as much about the world as a child is capable of understanding, it’s just very impressive.”
Recently, experts have been scrutinizing how technology is changing children. Will they be better off having them raised by computers?
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley evaluated video games developed in the ’80s for children ages 4 to 8.
New technology is being expanded into nursing homes, higher education, the military, and rehabilitation clinics. Why not use technology as a teaching tool in schools?
According to Dr. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, “We’re already wasting so much time using technology in our schools, and most teachers have digital cameras on their phones, and you can take pictures, even of someone who is a good picture.”
There is an ongoing debate about whether children are best taught by educational games or by teachers. “Teachers tend to be more involved, they are more mature,” says Dr. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an educator in Beverly Hills.
But Mike Rodriguez, president of Broadcom, sees technology as an asset. “In fact, my son has become the new N.B.T.i,” he says. “He is fascinated by this form of technology.”
His son does not suffer from ADD and is performing well in school. “At 6, he could not pronounce a single word of Sim City,” he says. “Today, this is his classroom.”
The question is whether he is better off being taught by a teacher or being taught by technology.