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Child Development in the Digital Age

This guide examines how child development is affected by the digital age.

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Dr. Sarah Domoff is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at Central Michigan University. Her research examines children's use of media and mobile devices (e.g., Tablets and Smartphones). She is interested in understanding how new media use may impact children's health and development. Dr. Domoff will be presenting two of her more recent studies. The first will present the development of a new measure to assess problematic (i.e., "addictive") media use in children. The second study will describe the use of audio-recording technology to characterize parent-child interactions around media use in the home.

 

Children as young as three are becoming addicted to mobile phones, harming their development and causing possible long-term damage. We follow some of the youngest cases and hear how our brains are affected by exposure to screens. We also learn how platforms like snapchat or facebook are engineered to make them hyper-addictive. Three year old Ryan doesn’t speak, avoids eye contact and frequently has screaming fits. His school is so worried about his behavior that they called a doctor, who diagnosed a worrying new condition—digital addiction. Its symptoms are very common to autism but luckily, there’s a cure. After a few days away from the screen, Ryan says ‘mummy’ for the first time in a year. Within a few weeks, his behavior has returned to normal. Today, scientists are convinced that screens affect our brain development. In France, doctors have even issued a warning. How seriously should we take it?

There's so much information -- and anxiety -- out there about how much time your kids should spend using devices. Here's our video guide to balancing the need for limits with the potential benefits.