While Dr. Marlena Kruger was overseas to attend the World Education Congress, Mrs. Juliana Freeme, an occupational therapist with a MSc degree in Neurodevelopment, and a Director of the TechnoLife Wise Foundation, delivered a talk on behalf of Dr. Marlena Kruger at the fifth Raising Toddlers seminar on 29 June 2019. It was held at the Radisson Blue hotel in Sandton.
Her talk focused on how the negative impact of the use of technology and screens easily grow into Technology or Screen Addiction. After the important development milestones during toddler years were highlighted, it is crystal clear that all parents need to become much better informed and critical before they use any digital screens as their tech-babysitters for a short-term break, but with long-term negative outcomes.
As we approach the second decade of the 21st Century, we are so deeply immersed in our tech-driven world that we get immediately and lastingly, anxious and desperate if we lose our connection to the internet or our devices stop working. A smartphone is not mere a tool in our hands supposedly making life easier, but also an object triggering biochemical reactions in our brains; feeding obsessions and addictions, and potentially making our quality of life significantly poorer. By now there’s a large body of scientific research illuminating the dark, downside of the technology that we don’t want to live without.
World Education Congress, 4- 5 July 2019 in Mumbai, India
What a wonderful opportunity I had to be invited to deliver a keynote address at the 8th edition of the World Education Congress on 4 July 2019 in Mumbai, India. I was also a recipient of a Global Education Leadership Award at the congress.
The theme of the congress was “Reorienting Education for a sustainable future”. The title of my talk was “The Neuro-scientific Power of Clicks in Education: How will we sustain the world?” Unfortunately, there is not a simple and straightforward answer to this question. Especially, when we consider how much neuroscientific impact on humans are already clearly demonstrated with more than enough research and evidence.
Dr. Marlena Kruger, ’n neuro-opvoedkundige, oor tegnologieverslawing op RSG.
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