Another reason to keep the kids off the Interwebs
The Daily Mail has an interview with a neuroscientist stating that over-exposure to social media can have adverse effects on our kids' brains. "Baroness Greenfield, an Oxford University neuroscientist and director of the Royal Institution, believes repeated exposure could effectively 'rewire' the brain....'My fear is that these technologies are infantilising the brain into the state of small children who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright lights, who have a small attention span and who live for the moment.'"
Scary thought but I'm not sure anyone can be too surprised. There are so many reasons our kids are at risk for obesity or being diagnosed more and more with learning disorders; keeping their tv and online exposure in check and encouraging them to get outside or do focusing activities is increasingly important.
Thank goodness for the ongoing popularity of focus oriented toys such as Lego. Today alone, the Dude built an ingenious little catapult and a swimming pool complete with umbrella, palm tree and little half-men floating in the water... :)