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posted Mar 30, 2016, 8:34 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 10:15 PM ]

In the article, “Study: Video Games Don't Cause Psychological Harm in Children,” by US News’ Jill Barshay, she argues that video game can have positive effects on young children. She used multiple reputable sources to prove her argument such as Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, among others. In one study, published in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology journal, a “team of 13 researchers… found that children who played at least five hours a week had fewer psychological problems than students who didn't play video games as much, and were rated by their teachers as better students, both academically and in social adjustment.

            I believe this is an excellent source, because it argues the less supported side of the highly controversial issue of technology’s effect on children. I’ve always felt that technology has had a positive impact in my life, and the new studies being conducted seem to prove that as technology improves, so are the positive effects it is having on children. While all of the study’s results were positive, Barshay says the flaw in them is keeping track of how many hours’ kids were actually playing video games because they relied on how many hours the parents said they played, and I agree that game time should be monitored. This article provided me with insight to the changing views on this topic.

Works Cited

Barshay, Jill. “Video Games Don't Cause Psychological Harm in Children” U.S News, 14 March 2016. Web. 31 March 2016.

Book Source

posted Mar 28, 2016, 8:34 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 9:47 PM ]

            In the book “Engaged Learning with Emerging Technologies” various authors Khine, Myint Swe, Hung, and David explore the ideas of meaningful learning or engaged learning. In the first chapter of the book it says that “Meaningful learning is necessarily social, collaborative, intentional, authentic, and active.” The authors of the book explore various areas that include topics such as the model for meaningful learning, how to make learning an authentic experience, and engaging learners through knowledge building.

            I believe that this book is a perfect source because it provides insight into multiple areas of learning with technology. If a person was looking to gain knowledge of what or how someone can learn with technology, then this would be a great place for them to start. While I did not take the time to read the book in its entirety, the chapters that I did look at had a lot of good information and covered the topics from multiple perspectives. The book has multiple contributors across different fields of study in education and psychology that lend their knowledge on the topic. This book gives great insight that breaks down the importance of using technology as a learning medium. It can help people that are having issues adjusting to the increasing use of technology and offer new ideas as to how it can be a positive influence in everyday life.

Works Cited

Khine, Myint Swe, and David Hung. Engaged Learning With Emerging Technologies. Dordrecht: Springer, 2006. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 28 Mar. 2016.

More Research Required

posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:07 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 10:57 PM ]

            Mark Potenza, a professor of psychiatry, child study and neurobiology at Yale explains that he believes more study needs to be done before we really know what causes internet addiction. In his article “Teens and Screen Time Is a Problem, But More Study Is Needed’ he provides research and examples that help expand his reasoning.

            I really liked what Potenza had to say about the issue of technology addiction, and I agree that there is not enough research to say what causes it. He does a good job of providing information on the background of the issue at hand. He lets his readers know that “The reason the D.S.M.-5 workgroup focused on “Internet Gaming” and not other forms Internet use-is, in part, because there is still debate over whether one can be addicted to the Internet itself”. This shows that the research currently done on internet addiction is too focused on one thing. The author does a good job of questioning the current research and presents problems that he believes need attention. This article does a good job of providing well thought out ideas based on current research. It provides an insight to the issue of internet addiction and shows that it is important to take consideration the topic as a whole.


posted Mar 4, 2016, 8:03 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 10:01 PM ]

            In her article “Cyberbullying Is a Bigger Problem Than Screen Time Addiction” Brendesha Tynes, an associate professor of education and psychology at University of Southern California, argues that the issue with technology lies in cyber bullying, and not the screen time of the child. She describes the amount of stress children deal with now a days, especially with the rise of social media and how accessible it is from almost anywhere.

            While I like what Tynes had to say about cyber bullying, I don’t feel that she addressed the issue correctly. While she did a good job of making her point and expressing what she wanted to say, she completely changed the topic and made it about cyber bullying. She had very good points and had sufficient research to help her case too. This allowed me to a have a good look at what the children of today are dealing with that I did not have to deal with growing up. This article gave me good insight to some of the issues that have been growing as a result of the evolution of our technology. I now understand that things like smartphones make it easy for children to get bullied even when they are not around their peers, but I don't think that cyber bullying is the reason that children are becoming addicted to technology.

Works Cited

                 Tynes, Brendesha. “Cyberbullying Is a Bigger Problem Than Screen Time Addiction” New York Times. Room for Debate, 16 July 2015. Web. 5 March 2016.

Interaction Addiction

posted Feb 26, 2016, 9:18 PM by Alexis Arriola

Principle researcher at Microsoft Research and president of Data & Society Danah Boyd shares some insight on what she believes is the reason for technology addiction in her article “Blame Society, Not the Screen Time”. She claims that children are really addicted to social interactions, not technology. She explains how society and parents have trapped children at home forcing them to yearn for socializing and free time.

While I do agree with Boyd that children need more freedom, I don’t agree on her ideas of reducing their homework and tests. I think that it is important that the child be allowed to do what they want with their time, however I think that they should still have to deal with things like homework. Homework and tests are good ways of evaluating student progress and teaching them responsibility. Growing up I was allowed to do what I wanted until bed time as long as I finished all my homework. It always gave me an incentive to finish my homework as soon as I got home. Having the freedom to pick what extracurricular activities I wanted to join if any, is something that I was always grateful for. Boyd’s article gave me insight through a different perspective in the issue of technology addiction. I liked that she used great reasoning behind her ideas and that she used research to show why she believed it to be true. It allowed me to really determine how I felt about this issue.

Boyd, Danah. “Blame Society, Not the Screen Time” New York Times. Room for Debate, 16 July 2015. Web. 26 February 2016.

The Guidelines to Technology

posted Feb 19, 2016, 9:34 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 9:38 PM ]

Kimberly Young, a psychologist and professor at St. Bonaventure University shares her ideas on internet addiction and good ways to moderate its use in her article “How to Regulate Your Child’s Use of Technology at Every Age”. She gives her opinion on why she thinks more cases on the topic are rising, and offers tips to help parents looking to incorporate technology in their child’s life.

I really like what Young has to say about technology moderation, and completely agree to her suggested approach. She has developed guidelines for parents to incorporate technology into their children’s lives from an early age. What intrigued me was that the guidelines break down how to moderate technology from infancy all the way to adulthood in a very detailed manner. She offers her complete analysis as to why she recommends you to do this, giving a very thorough understanding to her ideas. This is something I really appreciated that helped with keeping me interested throughout the whole article. Most of all this article gave me new insight to a very controversial topic that I have been reading a lot about lately. It was definitely a treat to get the perspective of a psychologist, especially one that has done extensive research, and has written books on the topics she mentioned.

Works Cited

                 Young, Kimberly. “How to Regulate Your Child's Use of Technology at Every Age.” New York Times. Room for Debate, 16 July 2015. Web. 19 February 2016.

Limited tech

posted Feb 12, 2016, 9:24 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 9:57 PM ]

In the article “Don’t Limit Your Teen’s Screen Time” Chris Bergman, the founder and chief executive of ChoreMonster, touches on the topic of how limiting technology can be a harmful approach for your children. He uses shares his childhood experiences with technology and his current experiences as a father to help support his claims.

            While I do like some of the things that Bergman said about technology and how it helps the current era, I can’t help but disagree on his idea of not having any limitations to the technology. Like Bergman, video games have played a big role in my life and have shaped who I am today. I believe they help bring out the imagination and creativity of children and it helps with expressing who they are. Also technology is a great tool for learning and in our ever evolving world it will play a key role in the lives of our children in the future. The only problem I have with having no limitations is that I feel that every person takes to things differently. While some children might not become addicted to technology other might be more prone to them. I can't agree with Bergman's claim because he is only basing it on the one experiment and his family. His children alone cannot be determine how the rest of the children in the world might be affected by something like no limitations on technology.

Bergman, Chris. “Don't Limit Your Teen's Screen Time” New York Times. Room for Debate, 16 July 2015. Web. 12 February 2016.

Learning from technology

posted Feb 5, 2016, 8:25 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 9:00 PM ]

In her article, “How I Found a Happy Medium in Exposing My Son to the iPad” Urvashi Sen, a working mom, explains how she believes that technology when moderated can be a good way for children to learn. She explains how she approaches this topic in regards to her own child and how she handles it on a weekly basis. She tells other parents that the key to children and technology lies within finding a good way to incorporate it into their lives.

I completely agree with what Sen claims because I believe that technology should be used to its fullest potential and not just as an easy way to get some free time. While a big part of technology has been used for entertainment purposes, it can hold the key to a door of endless learning possibilities. Sen mentions in her article that she accepts that technology “will be a huge part of my son’s life, and so I focus on teaching him how to use it in an active way,” and I think that this is very important. Finding good ways to make sure a child interacts with the game or program they are using is ideal. This would mean that the experience would only continue if the child is involved and understands what is required in order to advance. I believe that because they are forced to explore, they could have a higher chance to learn. This article gave an insight to the importance of moderation with technology. Parents should make sure that they are not just using tech as a form of distraction and that their children are getting the attention that they need.

Works Cited

                           Sen, Urvashi. “How I Found a Happy Medium in Exposing My Son to the iPad” New York Times. Room for Debate, 13 April 2015. Web. 5 February 2016.

Babies and Technology

posted Jan 29, 2016, 9:51 PM by Alexis Arriola   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 12:26 PM ]

Lisa Guernsey, director of Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project at New America, writes in her essay "Babies Need Real Interaction", that babies do not learn more than cause and effect from apps meant for their age group. Guernsey uses a quote from developmental psychologist Carolyn Royee-Collier, which states “I think babies have plenty of ways to learn cause and effect.” Royee-Collier suggests using a doorbell because it is cheaper than a tablet or phone. Guernsey also gives an example of a piece of software called Talk to Tom, which simply repeats what is said to it. She argues that while it is interactivity, it is not the right kind because it doesn’t have the authenticity found in human interaction, and I agree, our technology is not at the point to deliver that kind of authenticity.

I am not sure I agree with what Guernsey said because I believe that technology is capable of anything because humans are the ones that design and program it. The only thing stopping programmers from making technology that can teach babies more than cause and effect is knowledge. If developmental psychologists and programmers worked together, I’m sure they could come up with a piece of software that can give babies the back-and-forth interactions and “serve and return” that Guernsey says technology is lacking. Human interaction through technology is already possible, and after seeing technology advance so quickly throughout my lifetime, I truly believe someone will be able to bridge the gap between human interaction and technology even further.  I plan to be a game programmer, and I will be working with artificial intelligence, which is what I believe needs to improve in these types of games by seeming more authentic. This article gave me an insight to a part of the gaming industry I’d never thought much of. It gave more incentive to become better at AI programming.


Works Cited

                                               Guernsey, Lisa. “Babies Need Real Interaction.New York Times. Room for Debate, 13 April 2015. Web. 29 January 2016.


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