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Montreal Gazette - Supervising kids in the digital playground

Published: 2 Jul 2011

It's becoming common for parents to supply their children with a cellphone when they begin travelling to and from school alone. Suddenly kids can text, and if they've got a smart phone, they can surf the Internet, connecting them to Facebook and other social networking sites.

It's becoming common for parents to supply their children with a cellphone when they begin travelling to and from school alone. Suddenly kids can text, and if they've got a smart phone, they can surf the Internet, connecting them to Facebook and other social networking sites…

The virtual playground is increasing in size. Children email, text, tweet and post on Facebook. How much is too much technology in a child's life? We asked psychologist Alain Breuleux, a professor in McGill University's department of educational and counselling psychology. He spent 15 years studying how children use technology to learn, and how teachers use it to teach.

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