What happens when technology becomes a critical part of our children’s lives, and how can we help them make the most of their digital experiences?
Thursday, April 13, reception at 5.30pm followed by talk at 6pm
Tickets $20 for BNG members, $35 for non-members
Bermudian Dr. Katie Davis is Associate Professor at the University of Washington (UW) and Director of the UW Digital Youth Lab. For nearly twenty years, Dr. Davis has been researching the impact of digital technologies on young people’s learning, development, and well-being. In her talk, Dr. Davis will share insights from her newest book, Technology’s Child: Digital Media’s Role in the Ages and Stages of Growing Up.
Drawing on her expertise in developmental science and design research, she will describe what happens when child development and technology design interact, and how this interaction is complicated by children’s individual characteristics as well as social and cultural contexts. Critically, she’ll explain how a self-directed experience of technology—one initiated, sustained, and ended voluntarily—supports learning and development, especially when it takes place within the context of community support, and how an experience that lacks these qualities can have the opposite effect.