Children are failing to develop properly because modern technology offers easier options to real life social interactions, according to an expert.
Dr Richard House, an advisor to the Save Childhood Movement, a collaboration of individuals and organisations concerned about ‘the profound erosion of childhood’, spoke to The Telegraph warning parents that computer games and social networking are harming our children.
“Computer games and technology displace the real experiential learning that’s essential for children to learn about being human,” explained Dr House, who also works as a senior psychology lecturer at Roehampton University.
The Save Childhood Movement has also voiced concerns that British school children are among the unhappiest in the developed world, and are more sedentary, stressed and exposed to junk food than anywhere else.
The group blames this on a lack of supervision by parents, and the increasing norm that allows children to sit in front of the TV, on games consoles and on the internet rather than engaging in active play.
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Social networks also came under fire, as Dr House warned that these replace normal social interaction with a less ‘human’, virtual kind.
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