Humankind’s greatest social experiment

What happens to the bodies and minds of children who have to deal with a constant barrage of digital stimuli? A review of the film #KidsOnTech.

Humankind’s greatest social experiment
Film poster of #KidsOnTech. Question raised: Can we prepare and protect them?

That is one of the questions on the minds of many parents, and even more so since the pandemic. And also among grandparents like myself. I started searching and reading about cognitive psychology and also came across this film #KidsonTech. A clever film that I would like to recommend here. To parents, but also to grandparents.

#KidsOnTech in short

The film deals with the humankind's greatest social experiment, with the children. Here is part of the synopsis, freely translated:

Is technology inherently bad? Should we protect our children from technology at all costs? Certainly not, and we couldn't if we tried. The approach of #KidsOnTech is one of empathetic concern for anyone caught up in the blinding march of technology. The film offers (grand)parents a reminder of basic child development and how we can better foster our children's growth and maturity. With the aim to make the kids thrive, not just in technological environments, but in the world itself.

The aim of this film is to spark these important conversations with (grand)parents and teachers. The film tries to remind parents of what they already instinctively know:

  • children need to play outside,
  • work with their hands,
  • interact with their friends and
  • figure out what to do when they are insufferably bored

The film explores how we can protect and prepare our children for a rapidly changing world in which turning back the clock is not an option. Yet, it remains to be seen whether technology will help our (grand)children grow up to be healthier, more creative and technologically proficient adults; or, paradoxically, hinder the very abilities they will need to navigate a technologically demanding future.

Opinion on #KidsOnTech

The film is a really fluent visualization of the issue at hand and got me thinking about the challenges ahead. I liked that it is open to technology in life and education, but critical to the extent and speed where we go into this social experiment. I do have to say that grandparents play no role in this film, and I assume that was a bit out of the scope.

You can watch the trailer here and, after registering, you can also watch the film:

https://kidsontech.film/

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