ELIANT Position paper: Digital media in childhood and at school
The early use by children and toddlers of digital media has negative consequences on the development and maturity of the fore brain, according to newly published independent studies. Recommendations for media education in line with child development, together with links to scientific studies, are to be found in the full Position Paper, in the Fact Sheets „Digital Media in Childhood and Education“ and „Growing up healthy“ and in the summary Position Paper.
Understanding information technology, knowing its potential and limitations, learning the language of programming etc. are of course all things that should be learned at school. To do so however there is no need to have a school cloud system with big data and learning analytics, learning software that posts pupil data on the internet and wifi microwave radiation. It is clear that the future will be partly determined by digital technology. It is also clear that to reach maturity in a healthy way the brain needs time. That is why we believe that teachers, parents and educators should decide for themselves the age to which learning spaces should remain screen free and the age when it makes sense from a pedagogical and developmental point of view to introduce digital media as a teaching tool. For their growth and development, body, soul and spirit need real world learning experiences in space and time. That is why the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, did not allow his children to have either a smart phone or a tablet – he saw them as electronic gadgets to entertain adults. He knew very well that creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills are not learned from the screen but through human interaction and real world experience.
For the Bündnis für humane Bildung www.aufwach-s-en.de
Prof. Ralf Lankau
For the European Alliance for Applied Anthroposophy/ELIANT www.eliant.eu
Dr. med. Michaela Glöckler
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