Saturday, January 09, 2010
According to the NPD report, Children between the ages of 4-14 went from 6 percent using personal digital music players (PDMP) in 2005 to 37 percent in 2009. That is growth in excess of 600 percent over a 4 year period. In addition, the age at which kids are introduced to these devices is in steady decline, meaning that younger and younger children are using them. PDMP's include iPods and other mp3 players. Do these seemingly harmless and fun devices encourage or discourage the kinds of activities that we know kids need? Is there a reason why many schools, including Clear Spring School discourage their use during class time? Do we know how they will affect such issues as child hood obesity and lack of ability to pay attention? Do they increase or decrease social engagement? Do we have any idea what we are doing? Do not expect the consumer electronics industry to take the place of parental guidance and good judgment.