In a new Forbes piece about kids learning teachable moments through technology, Jordan Shapiro highlights lessons kids can learn from video games, Netflix and learning to code. Shapiro, who writes about game-based learning, parenting and psychology, has a hands-off approach when it comes to screen time and his kids, and many of his insights dig deeper into the more complicated issues and benefits of kids who spend a lot of time on their devices.
Among other ideas expressed in the article, Shapiro posits the notion that kids (or at least his son) can learn communication and conflict resolution by chatting on Minecraft servers. “I noticed that when he’s scared of getting kicked off his favorite servers, he excels at controlling his emotional reactions. All the stern lectures in the world will never be as effective as the kind of intrinsic motivation that one experiences when he wants to fit into his own social milieu.”
Do chatrooms truly replicate the face-to-face experiences and everything needed to negotiate and work together with our peers? Where do you weigh in on this screen time debate?