How the iPad affects young children, and what we can do about it: Lisa Guernsey at TEDxMidAtlantic

  • Published on Apr 28, 2014
  • Lisa Guernsey is Director of the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative. Ms. Guernsey focuses on elevating dialogue about early childhood education, in part by editing the Early Ed Watch blog, and spotlighting new approaches for helping disadvantaged children succeed. Ms. Guernsey's most recent book is Screen Time: How Electronic Media -- From Baby Videos to Educational Software -- Affects Your Young Child.
    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 104

  • Youtuber
    Youtuber Month ago

    I bought my kids an iPad at 1 year old, installed high quality learning apps and I use it to teach them things. Some of them are on subscription used by in actual kinder gardens. My kid used to be zombified when ads on on TV came on so disconnected cable TV so we can only watch Netflix.
    I'm going to be honest, eventually I removed all electrons for everyone in the house because she was too hyper at sleep time

  • Sukamto Kamto
    Sukamto Kamto Month ago +2

    By giving our children more activities which is not connected with i pad example traditional games

  • Jeronimo Legua
    Jeronimo Legua Month ago

    I will try to apply this part: "what if we were to commit to ensure that every family with
    young children had access to a media mentor?
    This could be someone like a children's librarian,
    a child care professional, a preschool teacher,
    even parents themselves.
    We have the power to talk with our kids about what their seeing
    to understand the media in new ways with them,
    to help them see how it might relate to the outside world to
    help them look up from the media and do some activities in the
    kitchen and go out to the backyard and go for a
    treasure hunt.
    We can learn from the media and then apply that outside"

  • FistBump
    FistBump Month ago +1

    It’s weird how I automatically separated between my generation and theirs, but you’re older daughter is my age now 4 years later... I wonder why it is we experience content as if it’s unfolding in the present. Can anyone relate to this and at what age?
    I’d really like to find out more about this

  • marscop9013 _
    marscop9013 _ 2 months ago

    or you know not give them an ipad

  • Terry Spry
    Terry Spry 2 months ago +2

    Pure social engineering taken to next level.
    It shapes and moulds minds, like it or not.
    The media industry is HEAVILY influenced by those pushing a barrow or agenda, often funded by big money.
    We need to revert back to humanity and be humble.

  • Martyn Richards
    Martyn Richards 4 months ago

    Thanks Suzy - great talk. I'm sorry I only just found it, as it has many echoes of my own Tedx talk - you referenced Plato, I used Socrates! I urge anyone finding this to listen through to the end, as your link with technology is a key one, and growing ever more important.

  • Rough Patches
    Rough Patches 5 months ago

    This video has value, I feel that the negative comments are from viewers who were hoping for information on the bare bones questions like "How harmful are screens to young children" because I'm of the belief that most parents are more weary of the child's age, time spent, , and content of the screen time

  • Gizmo0816
    Gizmo0816 5 months ago

    So your telling me if I'm to poor for an iPad I'm fine ok I'll continue using electronics.

  • Charlene Jo
    Charlene Jo 5 months ago

    I think I watched this in one of my classes. It's a very interesting TEDTalk.

  • Whitefang Walker
    Whitefang Walker 6 months ago

    Candlelight Cove, anyone?

  • Aquila Nona
    Aquila Nona 7 months ago +1

    Wasn't till age 10 I realised puppets weren't real I was born in 84' so...yeh🙄

  • William Sierra
    William Sierra 7 months ago


  • faheem
    faheem 8 months ago

    Who else is watching on an ipad

  • Lynn Walker
    Lynn Walker 8 months ago +1

    Not only is overuse of cell phones/Smart phones destroying relationships and young people's minds, the cell phones towers are really interfering with bees' ability to make it back to their hives, which then indirectly affects how our foods are pollenated. I don't understand exactly how it works, but bees play a really important role in our food being pollenated/growing correctly so we can eat it. Cell phone towers have been interfering with that.

  • Ricardo Saint Augustine
    Ricardo Saint Augustine 9 months ago +2

    The speaker talks a lot but says nothing. An expert at passing time (& wasting ours) inbetween pay checks.

  • Zahra.T
    Zahra.T 9 months ago

    Posted a day before my bday xD

  • Martin Ingall
    Martin Ingall 11 months ago

    This is the dumbest presentation on raising children ever. I do not want her or her ideas within a million miles of my kids or any kids.

  • Angel of Neo
    Angel of Neo 11 months ago +10

    tech is turning kids into zombies and robbing them of some of the best memories of their lives like playing outside trampoline, parkour, airsoft, paintball, ding dong ditch, skateboarding, etc. Now they’re whiny little BRATS.

  • Deborah Choma
    Deborah Choma Year ago +6

    Thank you for standing tall amidst the plelithera of gadgets that eventually steal our sovereignty.
    As a mother of four, a grandmother of three, and a nanny to NBA players, I have experience that spans sixty years.
    I was born in the 50's. Married at twenty, I had my first two daughters between 1982 - 1985. I had a company in the Landscape Architectural industry. Once home, the cellphone was turned off. Cellphones in the 80's were, for the most part, recessed. In other words, they had their place but family came first. I needed it for business however, there was balance.
    My first and second born daughters never saw me on the cellphone whilst cooking, cleaning or exercising. More importantly, they did not compete for face-to-face time. I never heard, "You're always on the phone." It was more like, "Where is my phone?"
    I ran a multi million dollar business at the time.
    My daughters baked, went on bushwalks, crafted, and read before kindergarten. We embraced life fully together.
    They were in high school between 1995 - 2000. Cellphone usage changed over this time and a few of their peers had a cellphone.
    All three daughters never had a cellphone until they worked and funded their own.
    Wind the clock forward to our son, born in 2004. I had our son at forty five.
    The power of influence through media and the pressure from peers (and indeed society), is a culture that I call "connected but alone."
    Our son is a 14 year old honor roll student. He plays the piano and violin. He is active in a basketball team. He is a creative writer and won a state competition for a poem this year. He does calisthenics for an hour and a half each day. He does chores and volunteers to teach children in our church. He reads. He loves animals. He is an engaged listener and can hold a conversation with anyone about most subjects. He is an extremely hard worker. He knows how to cook, juice, and clean up after himself. He irons his own clothes and when I need the shopping done (mostly produce), he takes the list and debit card and returns after completing the task successfully. Once again, he turned 14, end of February 2018.
    My point is this, as his parents, we push against a culture of cellphone and iPad dependency. It would be easier to give in.
    He does not have a gadget and we have decided those things can wait. He has a screen for his PS4 which we purchased at Christmas 2017. He was 13. Prior to this, he was completely content in his life.
    Since the introduction of his PS4, we have noticed the changes. Some are positive. He plays with his peers and there is comradeship.
    But the negative changes are the addictive tendencies. We have placed restrictions and he is completely screen free two days each week.
    Did I mention, we have a screen but no cable. His screen is for gaming.
    As a young man growing towards manhood, our son has a very productive life . This is a key element if one is to conquer the codependency of gadgets and games.
    The battle for balance is real.
    Educating our children and strengthening their character, are key elements to overcoming the challenges we live with today.
    Persistence and being present are imperative. The benefits of raising our children different to the majority will provide them with a leading advantage. I do not have one child that has proven this theory. I now have duplicated my beliefs with four children that range from 14 - 36 years of age. PhD's, Masters, Certified, and successful in all their relationships, endorses the greatness of living apart from the addictive nature of gadgets.
    Something else I have noticed is the connection between sedentary children and obesity.
    Our sovereignty is ours. It appears we need to be aware of the impact that gadgets and games have on children, young and old. Decisions must be based on what is best for their development and stability, not what is convenient for us.
    All the best in being parents with a growing awareness of a world that, for the most part, is glued to a screen.

    • devon hopson
      devon hopson 7 months ago +1

      I bet most didn't take time to actually read your comment. I thank you for it and agree.

    • Lynn Walker
      Lynn Walker 7 months ago

      Agreed, Deborah, healthy decisions should be made on what is best for children's (and adult's) development and stability, not what is most convenient.

  • melissa saint
    melissa saint Year ago +138

    I know, as parents, you are tired. But hear me out, please. I worked with young children and teens for many years before becoming a parent. I watched how each unfolding level of technology affected them, in good ways but in many bad ways, too-- how the small, portable video games turned our happy active little kids into irritable sloths who wouldnt do anything in their recess time but play or watch others play. I saw kids get into terrible fights with best friends and siblings just over who would get to sit closest and WATCH someone else play for a whole afternoon! I saw a once-attentive big brother regularly make his little brother cry-- because playing with him would now involve looking away from someone else's pokemon. At last we banned the games....but you constantly had to watch for them. To my alarm, we found that a bunch of the boys were so sedentary that they could barely play a game of kick ball, and mosy dis not know the basic rules because at home they rarely went outside to play! A few years later, I watched as social media gradually boosted anxiety and depression and created dreadful 24 hour bullying. I also witnessed a few scary attempts to exploit kids, by peers and unknown adults. A few of those adults were very tech savvy. Then smartphones suddenly appeared, becoming far worse than the handheld games had ever been: highly addictive, ubiquitous distractions for all ages. And of course, like you, everywhere, I saw parents handing their young kids an ipad or phone whenever they needed quiet time, which seemed to gradually expand to include any time they were in transportation, or a store, or a restaurant, or with other adults. (reassuring themselves that it was ok, "the app is educational, he is learning a lot!") And now the past few years, watching parents on the street or grocery shopping, followed by tween and teenaged zombies who never looked away from their phones, just endlessly thumb-typing and unconsciously shuffling behind, like moons in orbit around a planet. "Will you eat American cheese if I buy it?". No reponse.......Because of all this, I am raising my young children with no ipads or video games and only very selective, limited tv. Instead, we play outside, read books, play board games and tag, cuddle, do science projects, make pillow forts, listen to music and dance, paint, cook, set the table and eat together, etc) I can say there is an alarmingly huge difference. By age four my kids play nicely together all afternoon, know all their capital and lowercase letters and the sounds they make, can read basic words, can do addition and subtraction, can name all the planets in the solar system, and so much more. They are healthy heights and weights, fast runners who can hit a tossed ball with a bat. As a surprise bonus, they also are almost always well behaved in stores and restaurants! They are content and uncomplaining on car rides, too, I assume because they can tolerate a little boredom and mentally occupy themselves. They never whine for a video game or to watch youtube on my phone. They talk to me and to eachother, they look out the window at clouds and decide what they look like, they play "I spy" and sing. PLEASE, I beg you...dont let your kids, especially your young ones, sit with the tv or ipad or phone for hours instead of interacting with them, or encouraging them to notice the world! If they get a little bored sometimes, GOOD. Boredom is literally what causes creativity! You're very tired, I know, and perhaps you're struggling with your own tech addiction, and it's easy, especially when "the app is educational" but please please don't let them do it for hours every week. It's a mistake! Turn off YOUR phone at night and SLEEP! Your children will be grown in a flash. Be present with them -it wont be forever, only a few short years! - and encourage them to be with the world in person. The social skills alone will be a huge advantage.

    • PJ
      PJ 2 days ago

      So true
      I can manage my child's sugar intake without much hassle but with phones and iPad she completely looses it , so hard to control
      Parents need to participate in activities and projects to keep their children occupied and out of trouble

    • Cory Burns
      Cory Burns 2 months ago

      Too long didn’t read

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      PUBG FEVER 2 months ago +1

      Nice oration

  • oratilwe malema
    oratilwe malema Year ago

    this is so amazing wow wow wow unbelivible

  • Texas Ray
    Texas Ray Year ago +1

    Ted Talks are as bad as TV, only they're aimed at adults.
    Media mentor... great idea, get those parents out of the way and grab those kids while they're young.

  • Rajni Narain
    Rajni Narain Year ago +1

    my father sent this link to my mum and luckily i saw it before mom did😅...

  • Awareness Module
    Awareness Module Year ago +8

    This is interesting. I have found that adults who understand and familiarize themselves with technology can become their child's media mentor. I come across so many parents and teachers that are afraid of technology and have absolutely no idea what their kids are doing on their phones and tablets. Most parents would rather ban digital devices instead of learning more about them. This can be dangerous seeing as technology runs our world. Banning technology is setting your child up to be unprepared in a digital age.

    • Beauty and the Vlog
      Beauty and the Vlog 4 months ago +1

      Its easy to learn how to navigate technology, what these children will never get back are the years they did not spend developing a curious, creative and social mind. You have that foundation, learning technology a bit later is a cake walk and theyll have the ability to make smart decisions themselves about this technology and how they use it.

    • wayne4386
      wayne4386 6 months ago

      @Norah Harman Too late, we have already created that generation! and were starting on a second generation right now!

    • Lynn Walker
      Lynn Walker 7 months ago

      Completely agreed, Norah, thank you!

    • Norah Harman
      Norah Harman 9 months ago +5

      It is better that they learn how to work technology at a later age, and spend their early years, up until their teenage years developing curiosity, creativity, social skills, physical abilities, and learning to be fine when bored. Otherwise we will just be creating a generation of impatient, depressed, anxious, lazy people who do not know how to function without technology by their side for every task.

  • Dave Proko
    Dave Proko Year ago +7

    My Dauhther learned names of all the colors and a significant amount of different Animals in another language (english) before She did Her own (Danish) .. She even learned Herself counting to ten all by Her own, at the age of 1,5-2 years.. wtf?? Longlive the AsianBabysitting (ipad, smartphone, and so on...)
    Is this a bad thing or not? Cannot deside 😂

  • Pam UK
    Pam UK Year ago +17

    Technology today is fantastic provided it is used properly. BUT it has caused a breakdown in family communication. Everyone has their eyes glued to an ipad, pc or phone. It has become addictive to the point that when it breaks down, the cut off from the technological input really causes a backlash!! I also think that youngsters today lose sight and become out of touch with reality! This is what I have observed and witnessed first hand. As I said, technology is great when used properly but it has become an obsession and I think has become a negative influence today - especially among the young. I am so glad my kids didn't have it and sad my grandchidren do. Once they reached the age to have them its all they think about and childhood disappears. So sad!! I could add more but I think this will suffice - for now!

    • Lynn Walker
      Lynn Walker 7 months ago +2

      P turton, I agree with you on many points. Please explain how youngsters have lost sight of reality when using their cell phones. Thanks

  • David From New York
    David From New York Year ago +19

    Leave house. Walk, chill, park, zoo....stuff like that. House parties, church, sport activities...then check your social networks lol

  • Frank Fahrenheit
    Frank Fahrenheit Year ago +4

    So to summarize: dont leave your kids alone

    • melissa saint
      melissa saint Year ago

      Frank Fahrenheit Until smart phones became ubiquitous, that was the advice right across the board: you dont leave your kids unsupervised with advanced technology. Its still the right thing to do but society has become so overwhelmed that most have abandoned it.

  • iRespy
    iRespy Year ago +4

    This Tedx was not boring at all!! Please don't listen to comments before you watch. Make your own opinion. I personally learned a lot from this! And I felt she addressed valid concerns about children learning.

    • Jeff Ross
      Jeff Ross 8 months ago

      yep seems most of the naysayers dont have kids or have an extended network of people to pass them off to, neighbors, relatives, etc.... some people are literally around their kids most of the day and have to have time away.

  • Aayzer Sifer
    Aayzer Sifer Year ago +6

    If kids can't watch screens than how will they watch this vid?

  • Sally Mun
    Sally Mun Year ago +4

    My daughter learned everything from her iPad she's smart and surprises me everyday.

    • Fastpitch Mermaid
      Fastpitch Mermaid 4 months ago +1

      Sally Mun so she didn’t learn anything from face to face interaction, creative play, being outside and exploring nature? If your saying your child learned EVERYTHING from the screen then that’s sad

  • Dária Ratliff
    Dária Ratliff Year ago +5

    The more TED talks I watch, with rare exceptions, the more I see a pile of nothing... sorry, the lady seems nice and this is not personal but by God, what is that? I have a sad feeling that our universities are producing more and more of the finest imbeciles that unfortunately end up stucking our educational system with futilities. Give the kid a stick and they may teach her something.

    • melissa saint
      melissa saint Year ago +1

      I agree....some Ted talks are helpful but others seem lacking in content. She seems nice but there is little here.

    • Bethany Lade
      Bethany Lade Year ago +1

      Dária Ratliff Not all research is terribly productive, but sometimes it uncovers important things. Such as drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause serious health and developmental issues for the baby. Or not everybody learns the same way - auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Studying new technology in these contexts is valuable. We want to know how best to help our children.

  • Orst
    Orst Year ago

    Dont research kids like that

  • Sarah Brackstone
    Sarah Brackstone Year ago +5

    well done on stating the complete obvious.

  • Mackel Caintic
    Mackel Caintic 2 years ago +1

    I think media is the most powerful tools to refresh the brain of the kids.It will make them to change a lot aside from parenting ur child.

  • Teen Skills 4 Life
    Teen Skills 4 Life 2 years ago +10

    Children and teenagers learn from back and forth conversations. Very true.

    • Jeff Ross
      Jeff Ross 8 months ago +1

      I think this is the most important take away from this video.

  • Ricardo Vera
    Ricardo Vera 2 years ago +1

    She didnt say almost anything about effects,she spoke only about irrelevant things.

  • Amorita Mora
    Amorita Mora 2 years ago +33

    Come on, everybody knows BigBird hasn't been acted by a real bird since the 70's

  • johnnyman Dao
    johnnyman Dao 2 years ago +2

    just a bunch of retarded technophobes

    • Bethany Lade
      Bethany Lade Year ago +1

      She did not actually say tech is bad. She's talking about how to use it effectively.

    • Salmon_Sweet
      Salmon_Sweet 2 years ago +1

      The Parthenon was created without technology.

  • straylor
    straylor 3 years ago +13

    Well done, touching on some important studies, and questions that parents as well as media developers should be aware of.

  • 919copacabana
    919copacabana 3 years ago

    Translate This

    • Joshlynn S. F. Cowan
      Joshlynn S. F. Cowan 2 years ago +2

      Interaction as screens are in the child's face. They learn from interaction versus sitting and staring.

  • Нина Линенко
    Нина Линенко 3 years ago +2

    You are so boring!!!!!!!!! Listen to yourself.

    • Vaidoteful
      Vaidoteful Year ago +5

      There are no boring things in this world , only uninterested people...

  • Kelvin Lee
    Kelvin Lee 3 years ago +11

    complete waste of time

  • Prashant Dobriyal
    Prashant Dobriyal 3 years ago +22

    OMG, is that how we research kids?! They really did the pop-corn experiment? If they expected any other outcome, then they need to stay away from kids and research elsewhere.
    We all learn from everything around us gradually. We misunderstand a number of things on first exposure. That can be books, pencil, dog, car, ... anything. What's so strange about kids misunderstanding screen content?!
    We don't need anyone to guide/mentor people or kids about such things. They'll do very well if you let them be. I've never known a kid who didn't figure out their misinterpretations within a short time. That's how we learn 'everything'.

    • NoriMori
      NoriMori Year ago +7

      First of all, she never said it was strange. She said that the fact of this misunderstanding tells us a lot about how children perceive screen content and how we can use that knowledge to help them understand it better and learn from it. Second of all, your personal experience and "common sense" is not a substitute for research. Just because something seems obvious doesn't mean it's true; that's why we do research at all. And _knowing_ the outcome for a fact, whether it's what you expected or not, still teaches you something; and then you can start looking into _why_ that outcome occurs, which can teach you even more.

  • Barbara Eubank
    Barbara Eubank 3 years ago +36

    BORING! Too much time wasted ,instead of the effects,she spends time telling us to watch the CONTENT!

  • Daulton Baird
    Daulton Baird 3 years ago

    This is so awesome ! A woman with maybe a slight east coast accent her name is Guernsey . . . At . . . TEDxMidAtlantic ! ! !

  • Stan Hudson
    Stan Hudson 5 years ago +12

    I agree with Kati. Parents do not need media mentors, they need parental mentors.

  • KatiForTruth
    KatiForTruth 5 years ago +14

    Sorry young lady, it is not media mentors kids need but tome to interact with parents and other kids. Picture books-yes! Real people functioning in the real world-yes. I wonder what neuroscientists could add to this?

    • ThinkingEuropean
      ThinkingEuropean 3 years ago +3

      @TheBookWorm1718 Yes, I agree with you. But since kids DO get in contact with media, we need to be conscious of this fact and teach them how to use and how not to use it if necessary. Ideally kids stay kids as long as possible. There are good way of dealing with media and then there are bad ways.

    • ThinkingEuropean
      ThinkingEuropean 5 years ago +3

      Kati, I totally agree with you, kids need time and freedom and people who take care and interest. Still, whenever they interact with media, they should have someone there who helps them understand instead of just letting them be alone with it. I don't think it's either/or, we live in a time with media all around us, so we need to also incorporate that into our lives with our kids.

  • Palty Shields II
    Palty Shields II 5 years ago +2