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I am a Coach, Consultant and Lecturer who works with the business leaders of tomorrow

What is the impact of technology on children?

The evidence is irrefutable: the best way to help a baby learn to talk or develop any other cognitive skill is through live interaction with a human being. But what is the impact of technology on young children that are exposed to it? Can an app, an avatar or a 3D cartoon recreate or override human nature? If a child spends too much time being cyber-simulated than connecting with the real world, could it impair other important pre-academic skills such as empathy, social abilities and problem solving? What about a child who spends the bulk of their playtime with an interactive app, in which objects explode, appear, reappear, and don’t play by the rules of the physical world? How does looking at a tablet screen impact an infant’s eyesight?

Cyberpsychologist and author Mary Aiken explores these questions in her book The Cyber Effect. Though the answer to them is that we just don’t know, Aiken does provide fantastic insights into what we do know about child development and how technology could affect it. In the absence of any formal regulatory guidance on technology usage, she shares her own. If you’re interested in this subject, you might also appreciate my previous post Put that smartphone down! The science behind our addiction to technology.

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My name is Richard Hughes-Jones. I am a Coach, Consultant & Lecturer who works with the business leaders of tomorrow. My clients are entrepreneurs building high growth businesses and ambitious executives seeking career development or transition. I blend hard-edged strategic and operational insight with a sophisticated understanding of the challenges facing developing leaders, to help my clients to navigate their forward journey.

After being diagnosed and successfully treated for cancer in 2015, I decided to learn more about the world and how it works. I read read voraciously and, inspired by what I read, I write high quality blog posts intended to challenge the way you think and make decisions in life and in business. Enter your email address below to join almost 1,000 other subscribers to my mailing list and connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn.