Think for a moment about the apps on your smartphone’s home screen (let’s keep it simple and not think about all of your apps). I know for me, I have a camera, calendar, Internet browser, ebook reader, music player, weather app, email and photo gallery. That’s a lot vying for my attention.
Then add the vibration that occurs when I get a message or phone call, the red icon that tells me I have 39 unread emails, or the ping I get when a Tweet is re-tweeted.
Living in a digital world is sensory seduction for children.
In our screen-saturated world we’re often living in a perpetual state of distraction and so too are our children. And this impacts on our brains and our capacity to learn. You see, we cannot learn if we’re constantly distracted.
In this post, I share more information about attention and give you 8 simple ways you can help children develop their attention skills in this digital age. (Nudge, nudge- this is also critical for adults!)
I’d love to know in the comments below, which strategies do you use, or intend to use, to help your child manage their attention.