Back in the day, children would be outside playing games with friends, riding bikes, playing sports, etc. Children of the past used their imagination to create their own form of play.
Fast forward a century and we have the introduction of mobile phones, computers, tablets, game consoles. Childrens’ form of entertainment is fundamentally handed to them, wrapped up in Christmas or Birthday paper.
A 2010 Kaiser Foundation study showed that elementary-aged children use technology up to 7.5 hours a day. Seventy-five percent of these children have TVs in their bedrooms, and 50 percent of North American homes have the TV on all day.
With all this advanced technology impacting the way children play, is it damaging a child’s imagination and their ability to create?
Video: Journalism student Georgia Dunstan-Brown takes a look at two different people, from two different worlds: Marion Brown, aged 100, grew up in the early 1900s, and preteen Sarah Brown, who is growing up in the present day.