Damn the de­vices

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Front Page -

I’m with you, Nikki Gem­mell (“Moth­ers vs the ma­chines”, Oct 20-21). De­spite child psy­chol­o­gists telling us that we par­ents have the power, the sad re­al­ity is we don’t. The re­liance on de­vices for their school work pro­vides the per­fect ex­cuse for our chil­dren. Yes, let’s be French and ban mo­bile phones in schools, at least up to Year 10, and let’s go fur­ther and re­move lap­tops. Then they will be forced to play out­side, in­ter­act with their fam­ily and day­dream; the lat­ter be­ing es­sen­tial for idea cre­ation and prob­lem-solv­ing. Caro­line Thom­son Kew, Vic

Nikki Gem­mell’s col­umn is timely as the ef­fects of dig­i­tal ad­dic­tion are now ap­par­ent in re­search be­ing done across the globe. In 2013 in South Korea, which has the high­est smart­phone own­er­ship among teens and chil­dren, doc­tors at the Bal­ance Brain Cen­tre in Seoul said they saw early

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