ERIC Number: ED194215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-10
What the Future Holds for Children in the TV-Computer Age: Unprecedented Promises and Intolerable Threats to Child Development.
Abt, Clark C.
Presented at a symposium on Children, Families, and New Video/Computer Technologies, this keynote address assesses technological advances in television and computer science and raises questions concerning their impact on child development and the quality of family life. The new technology described combines video communications technology and computer technology in a new form of interactive television affording simultaneous program capacity, manipulation of program materials, at costs and prices accessible to 80% of American and European households. The author lists positive and negative effects of this technological advancement for children, and discusses the need for research to resolve government policy issues of regulation, and industry-policy issues concerning program development, consumer selection and economic viability. The author takes the position that government and industry both have an obligation to inform consumer parents and their children of the possible impacts of the new technology in terms of how it is used and how much it is used with children of different ages and capabilities. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Adapted from keynote address to the National Council for Children and Television Symposium on Children, Families and New Video/Computer Technologies (Princeton, NJ, March 10, 1980).