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In the digital age, experts pause to examine effects on kids Tallying the pluses and minuses for kids in today's high-tech world is the wrong approach. Instead, it's important to recognize that interactive technology's impact on child development is likely to be more complex. By SIRI CARPENTER Monitor Staff December 2000, Vol 31, No. 11 Forget passing notes on the playground--that's so 1995. Chat rooms and e-mail are the way to go, if you're of the preteen persuasion. And for younger kids, we can dispense with the flashcards. Many 3- and 4-year-olds are already facile with software programs that coach them on their ABCs and 1-2-3s. The swift proliferation of interactive and digital technologies in the past decade--from cell phones and digital television to computer games and the Internet--has transformed children's daily routines and sparked both excitement and worry among parents, educators and policy-makers. "With every new technology of the 20th century, there have been public concerns about both the promises and the perils that technologies serve for children, and it's been no different in the digital age," said Ellen Wartella, PhD, dean of the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, speaking at the Oct. 23 conference,
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