At the end of May, I had an opportunity to spend 1.5 days with some pretty ‘smart’ people regarding how emerging technologies can hold both a promise and a peril for individuals, families and communities. The evening lecture and the day long Invitational Research Colloquium on Growing Up Digital in Alberta: Children, Youth and Society shared some amazing findings. (I will make my best attempt at summarizing what these incredible experts shared.)
The evening was an overview and open to the public while the colloquium was invitational and hosted a variety of professionals and diverse groups from across the province. A few goals to think about as you delve further into this subject:
- To consider the extent to which technologies are (re) shaping the minds and bodies of children and youth
- To explore the neuroscience and psychology of digital distraction(s)
- To identify the issues, perspectives and contentions emerging from current Canadian and American research
- To discuss the 2015 findings of the Harvard University, Alberta Teachers’ Association and University of Alberta longitudinal study on Growing Up Digital (GUD) in Alberta
- To generate key questions to guide policy decisions and future research on emerging technologies, learning, teaching and the well-being of children and youth
Our expert speakers were:
Larry Rosen is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.”
Michael Rich came to medicine after a 12-year career as a filmmaker. His current areas of health research and clinical work combine his experience and expertise in medicine and media, making him the world’s first “mediatrician.”
Here is a visual and audio (I created) summary of Larry and Michael’s presentations. While watching and listening, think about:
How does this information challenge or affirm current practices and policies?
What key research areas or essential questions require further exploration?
Yet there is more. Watch the following THREE videos that continue this conversation and research on this topic.