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Research shows that strengthening bonds between teachers, students, and families is a powerful remedy for troubled students and struggling schools. Overemphasizing technology can weaken those bonds. The National Science Board reported in 1998 that prolonged exposure to computing environments may create "individuals incapable of dealing with the messiness of reality, the needs of community building, and the demands of personal commitments.” Children and Computers: A Call for Action (2000) Retrieved January 27, 2009, from http://www.allianceforchildhood.net In the past, we only had to be concerned about too much TV exposure. Now we have video games, computers and cell phones. It is overwhelming for young children and creates patterns of behaviors similar to addiction patterns. Their brains get used to too much auditory and visual stimulation -- and in the absence of these stimulations, they do not know what to do with themselves. They get anxious, restless, bored and aggressive. -Mali Mann, M.D., adjunct clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford University's School of Medicine. LeClaire, Jennifer. Kids and Tech: How Much is Too Much? Retrieved January 27, 2009, fromhttp://www.technewsworld.com/story/52677.html The danger may come from simply having too much of a good thing. As useful and enjoyable as our new technologies are, humans still need time to "unplug," and to interact face-to-face, relax, and minimize the stresses of modern life. ….a better solution might simply be to emphasize the need for more basic communication between people, and to set aside times when connectivity isn't necessary or desired. Bosworth, Martin H. 2005. Too Much Technology, Too Fast? Retrieved f January 27, 2009 from http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2005/too_much_techn ology.html
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