18 Sep '17, 12pm

What touchscreen technology is really doing to your child's brain

What touchscreen technology is really doing to your child's brain

Apps for toddlers are huge business. Mobile-app revenue last year was over £30bn, and there are over two million apps available on Apple’s App Store, with nearly half the top-selling ones targeting preschool or primary-age children. Many call themselves educational, but in a Wild West environment, the label has little value and parents are often being hoodwinked into buying apps of dubious pedagogic worth. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, director of the Infant Language Laboratory at Temple University, has researched extensively in this area, drawing on evidence from TV viewing, video-game play and the science of learning to propose four ‘pillars of learning’ to serve as markers of an app’s educational pedigree. First, children should be active in their learning (eg, if they have to actively search for missing letters in a word, they will be more likely to remember it than if it is pres...

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