JENNIFER GARVEY, LOWER SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR: Most children today are considered digital natives. They seem to be born knowing how to operate a smartphone. Many of them have likely FaceTimed with long-distance relatives before they could walk. Their coloring books often pair with apps that bring their pictures to life. With the ubiquitous nature of mobile technology, children are connected like never before.
Does all of this technology create a void in empathy?
But, we worry about the impact of screen time and social media on our children and we have many questions. How much screen time is too much? What is the right age to give a cell phone? Should I allow my child access to social media? Are they getting enough face-to-face time to develop appropriate social skills? Does all of this technology create a void in empathy?