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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #12   Issue #13

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 10, 2013

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How do children live in a modern world that is full of extremely technological gizmos and gadgets like 3D Plasma wide screen TVs, iPods, tablets, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo's and the ever popular smartphones? In a world that is propelled and pushed by these gadgetries, would children simply stay away from them or chose to ignore them. Most probably, the answer is a big NO! In fact, these modern gadgets are more likely to push growing children into becoming the so called “technical geeks.”

However, recent findings suggest us that an excessive usage of these tools might just be harmful for a child's brain development and growth. Available research literature reveal that both girls and boys, who are in the age bracket of 10 to 15 years are more likely to use such tools for an average of around 15 - 20 hours a week. Some of the most favourite activities include playing video games both on video consoles and smart phones. Similarly, they are also known to spend quite a lot of time watching their favourite TV shows or play 3D games on big screen TVs.

So, what could be the undesirable effects that parents could expect from such a habit? Although controlled and disciplined usage of technical gadgets are good for children, uncontrolled TV viewing and game playing could lead to display of overt aggression, a tendency to live in a false, fictitious and make believe world and a gradual decline in classroom performance. Hence, parents may need to control their children by setting a strict time limit on their weekly screen time. All the best!

Thought for today:
"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. " - Confucius

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Feature Articles

Harmful Effects Of TV and Computer Games On Your Kids
By Cynthia D Fontanilla

Did you know that letting your kids watch TV and play computer games may affect how their brains develop? Read this article and find out the detrimental effects of watching TV and playing computer games for prolonged hours.

Television & Computer Effects on Learning and Emotional Intelligence
By Iris Fanning

Keep those televisions & computers out of your children and teens bedrooms. Here's a look a simple look at the research that shows how visual electronics effect a young person's brain development, emotional intelligence and learning. Now you know better so you can do better in parenting your child in these areas.

Why Do Kids Become Addicted to Video Games?
By Jordan Mummert

Video games are quickly becoming an epidemic in this generation. Kids and teens are constantly targeted for gaming advertisements everywhere they go. Why do people become addicted to video games?

Ask an Expert

Q1: Does the Working Memory score on the WISC-IV (which measures auditory attention span) diagnose ADHD.

A: No. There is no direct diagnosis for ADHD by looking at the WISC-IV scores alone, as it is not a diagnostic test. There are tests specifically to diagnose ADHD. Furthermore, there are many ADHD subtypes such as the predominantly inattentive; hyperactive-impulsive and the combined type. Moreover, most children who have been diagnosed with ADHD may have been on medication and there may be a difference here..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Working Memory and ADHD here.

Q2: My daughter just turn 3 years old, but her behavior were always different from other similar age children.

  • She never like the toys in her age, always like to flip through the books since 4 months.

  • She memorized alphabet and numbers in less than month at the ages of 20 months.

  • She loves watching different children's show and she'll memorized the show after few reviewing, since she was 12 months or less. It start with watching her own video and memorized and she gets bored easily....

A: Your brief description does indicate that you have a very bright child. It is important that you are able to recognise her advanced abilities this before she is in school as you can now provide her the platform for ability-based learning. Your support, guidance and instruction that is appropriate to her skills will help her develop to her full potential. Some of the characteristics that is quite distinct for her age is her abilities to recognise letters, emotional intensity, perfectionism, early interest in books and boredom with routine tasks..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Advanced Toddler here.

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Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It
By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D

Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains? In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:

  • How growing brains are physically shaped by experience

  • Why television programs - even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street - develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school

  • Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder

  • How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born.


The Plug-In Drug: Television, Computers, and Family Life
By Marie Winn

How does the passive act of watching television and other electronic media-regardless of their content-affect a developing child's relationship to the real world? Focusing on this crucial question, Marie Winn takes a compelling look at television's impact on children and the family.

Winn's classic study has been extensively updated to address the new media landscape, including new sections on: computers, video games, the VCR, the V-Chip and other control devices, TV programming for babies, television and physical health, and gaining control of your TV. 


Latest Brainy News

Electronics Affecting Child Development
Digtriad Oct 28, 2013

A new article focused on your child's habits with their cell phones and tablets may have you stepping in to prevent any long-term damage.

The End of IQ (and the Dawn of Working Memory)
Hhuffington Post Oct 28, 2013

If you are proud of your high IQ, stop reading now. Your IQ is an anachronism, and its reign is coming to an end. IQ, a measure of intelligence dependent on one's knowledge of specific information, has lost its relevance in the age of information.

Babies remember music they heard in the womb up to four months after they are born
Daily Mail Nov 04, 2013

It seems you are never too young to learn. Babies played music while still in the womb remembered the tune months later when part of the big, wide world.

Sleep is brain fuel for kids
Jackson Ville Oct 30, 2013

Research published in the British Medical Journal shows that getting your kids to sleep at a regular time is good for their brain.

7 super foods for your child
Times of India Oct 30, 2013

The right kind of nutrition is extremely important, especially for a kid who is growing up. Here are seven nutrient-packed super foods that should be a part of your child's diet.

Parenting and Teaching the Gifted Child, Part 2
Huffington Post Oct 28, 2013

Parents of gifted children may feel obliged, on occasion, to push their child more academically. They may feel that they have an extra responsibility to oversee the gifted child's educational progress.

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