High Tech Tots

HighTechChildhood in a Digital Age ed. by Berson and Berson

Technology use by children is a controversial topic. Young children are coming of age surrounded by information and communication technology (ICT). ICT is a prominent force in their lives, and working with it can stimulate students intellectually, incite their creativity, and challenge them to apply developmentally appropriate inquiry approaches that enhance their learning experiences. Digital technologies also allow children to expand their physical space and access many online social environments that transcend time and space. However, any focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of technology applications in the early childhood years cannot overlook the potential consequences of technological development on children with regard to their social functioning, interpersonal interactions, and global understanding. In addition to evaluating technology as a tool of instruction, we must focus on educational implications and ethical issues associated with their use. (from the publisher)