We can all pretty much agree that digital technologies such as tablets, smart phones, video games and social media, have changed the childhood of our youngest generation. But has the introduction of these technologies really differed all that much from the introduction of say…the sandbox?
In this episode, we chat with Jordan Shapiro, PhD, an educational pioneer, college professor and father of two about his unique perspective on navigating the new digital world of childhood. We spoke with Jordan about easing parent fears surrounding technological changes, ways that parents and educators can support learning through technology, and why he encourages embracing technology at an earlier age. We also discuss the importance of directly teaching the social rules of both face-to-face and digital communication.
Jordan Shapiro, PhD, is a senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Jordan also teaches at Temple University in the Intellectual Heritage Program. Jordan draws on cutting-edge research in science, philosophy, economics and psychology to show we've let fear and nostalgia stand in the way of our children's best interests. He offers optimistic, inspiring and practical advice to help adults navigate the new, digital frontier of childhood. He reframes gaming, social media and smartphones in historical context, providing a fresh, evidence-based perspective that will change the way you think about today’s connected kids.
Jordan is the keynote speaker at The Parish School’s 11th Annual Giving Voice to Children Luncheon held Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at The Junior League of Houston. Jordan is also presenting a free adult education session, The Digital Sandbox: What Grownups Need to Know About the New Childhood, that evening on The Parish School’s campus.
Jordan Shapiro’s website: https://www.jordanshapiro.org/
NPR Article, "Author Of 'The New Childhood' Advises Parents: Don't Panic About Screen Time": https://www.npr.org/2018/12/29/680882610/author-of-the-new-childhood-advises-parents-dont-panic-about-screen-time
Jordan’s upcoming speaking engagements at The Parish School: