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Between screen and real life: The daily life of a new childhood and its consequences

Technology is a fundamental actor of the moment that interferes with lifestyles, routines, forms of learning and entertainment. Screen use has become remarkably widespread and it is not surprising that children, pre-teens and adolescents are exposed to much more than is recommended by experts.

In this scenario, the need to work on it indoors, in schools and clinics becomes clear, as a way of dealing with the implications for development and socialization.

Democracy consulted with Professor Natalia Mignacco, psychology graduate Melina Carvia, and educational psychologists Flavia Firmanelli and Alejandra Medina about the phenomenon of childhood in the new century.


From Espacio Trisquel, where he works closely with children, he warns that it is not possible to “think of screen use from one point of view” because, in link with technology, “different evolutionary stages, different family configurations.” The social, cultural and economic context and the uniqueness of each subject”.

However, he pointed out that it is possible to list some of the effects screens have on children. “In general terms, some results can be made visible about the possibility of not being intelligible between the virtual and the real, changes in language, resource limitations being able to bind with the other,” said Flavia, a psychotherapist on the team. Firmanelli explained.

In addition, they recalled that, regardless of the child’s age, exposure to the stimuli provided by the screen and even the form of their interaction, “affects all stages” and, “most The common view is a passive body and numbness in front of a screen that constantly stirs”.

In this sense, Alejandra Medina, a psychotherapist who is also part of Triscale, explained that early childhood is the most compromised time frame, as it implies “some challenges with respect to neurodevelopment”, unless it is a widespread and intensive use. is technology.

“It is essential to regulate this exposure to screens and provide alternative experiences in which children can manipulate, explore, construct and construct knowledge objects from the senses to promote concrete and critical learning,” he stressed.

For older age groups, psychologist Melina Carvia, who works on the subject in the aforementioned interdisciplinary team, pointed out that adolescents also suffer the effects of life with multimedia technology. This is, as he explained, “the culture of image with communicative intent is reinforced where memes, stickers, emojis prevail”, which prevail over words and, as a result, “this direct communicative ability and expression.” affects oral

Between screen and real life: The daily life of a new childhood and its consequences

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Childhood exposure to screens is an issue that worries many families, and it worries many parents, who struggle between insufficient free time to dedicate to their children and the “goodness” of technology. We do.

For their part, experts highlight the importance of reinforcing real-life specific interpersonal relationships, in order to transform the digital world that constantly seduces users with visual and sound stimuli, and the illusion of constant connections that only entertains. In form of.

“Facing this reality, it is fundamental, especially in childhood, the presence of the adult as a mediator, the regulator between the virtual and the real,” said Fermanelli and his colleague Medina, despite the extended working hours and Rare time reserved for private life, “it is necessary to think in terms of quality of time to go with children and teenagers, as no technical support can replace the link”.

Similarly, these complexes indicate even greater difficulty when it comes to established relationships with people outside the family. Natalia Mignacco, a math teacher at Augustina’s No. 14 and Morse No. 2 secondary schools, explained that in her work with tweens and teens, communication is the medium by which she puts technology in the background, at least in her classrooms. “Boys are intelligent, they know that outcomes have an impact on their learning,” he said, and insisted that “the class is done perfectly normally” thanks to the guidelines established in the classroom.

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According to the experts consulted, the school is “another institution, apart from the family, that must be at odds with this reality”, and, in this regard, they pointed out that it means “to adapt to the new technologies in the educational institution”. Challenges “The method of teaching has been going on for a long time”.

Regarding the work in front of the blackboard, Natalia Mignacco insisted that “teaching is something that should always be reconsidered, because the teacher who does not learn cannot teach”, started a few years ago and new ones inspired by the pandemic About optimizing the landscape.

But the teacher does not distrust technology, and believes that “one thing does not take away from another”, as long as the only answer is the well-being of the students and the learner. In this sense, he highlighted the responsible adult’s role in mediating screen use, “a very valuable tool for working in the classroom”, but cautioned that “children are not all the same and do not learn at the same pace.” Huh” .

“It is in our hands as teachers to make a positive impact, because we are the ones who conduct the learning and it’s all about using it appropriately,” he said.

From Espacio Trisquel, experts emphasize the importance of “rethinking the school in relation to the new childhood”, as they recall that it is an institution born as a “project of modernity”, and “other beliefs, other educational objectives and Undoubtedly, the new landscape inaugurated by technologies requires a critical review of many practices.

When asked about the strategies she used in the classroom, Natalia explained that “everything can be changed if the end is good for the students” and therefore, every four months she reconsiders her work in the classroom. so that it remains effective.

“I have changed the strategy, the books, the material, the way we sit. We also invent other tools, we make projects and we skip classes”, explained the teacher, who nevertheless didn’t stop using the compass, ruler, protractor and square, and the inclusion of the screen. Preferred paper books in class.

Between screen and real life: The daily life of a new childhood and its consequences

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Work with specialists usually occurs where there is a collateral effect that implies continuous use of the screen. In this regard, psychologist Carvia stressed that it is “relevant to understand that it is necessary to be accompanied by handling technology from an early age”, although he pointed out that, in their interdisciplinary space, where they work with children on a daily basis. “The use of screens is not a reason for direct consultation.

The key lies in not naturalizing behaviors or attitudes that are not typical of children or adolescents, and, rather, are a sign that screen time is abused. In this regard, the psychotherapist Firmanelli pointed out that “this is a topic that concerns families and when it arises it is addressed considering the specifics of each situation.”

For his part, educational psychologist Medina pointed to the time inconsistency between the real world and technology, which creates some barriers to office work. “There is no consensus between the urgent need that characterizes technology and real-time where conflict resolution, demand analysis, and response creation, typical of therapeutic spaces, require a further wait,” he emphasized.

Technology ruthlessly permeates the modern world, and it also produces significant changes in lifestyles, routines, learning methods, and entertainment.

There is no doubt that it is impossible to deny it as a seminal actor of the moment, but that does not mean that it needs to work with the smallest because of the effects from its continued use.

The key lies in understanding that, as pointed out by Espacio Triscale, the technology “is not negative in itself, but rather has adverse effects from unregulated use.”


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