It is time to put childish things away

It is time to put childish things away

It is time to put childish things away. Playing in general has a positive effect on child development; yet with the advancement of technology, the way
children play has changed, and the effects of their play have changed as well. Some studies have shown an
overall negative effect of electronic games, while others have reported the opposite. This study aims to
investigate the effects of tablet-based electronic games on the child’s self-concept. Twenty-six children between
the ages of 4 and 6 years from low-income backgrounds participated. They were divided into two groups; in the
experimental group, children were given a tablet device with 10 educational electronic games on it, and the
mothers were instructed to let them play the games for less than three hours a day in a normal home situation.
The control group was not given any electronic devices. A pre- and post-pictorial measure of self-concept was
used. The overall results showed no gains in self-concept for the experimental group and no differences between
the groups, except in the domain of curiosity, where the control group children experienced a pre- to post-test


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