The nature of childhood is changing. Some people think technology is the great evil of the age, with social media dividing us from ourselves more effectively than ever. Other voices claim digital natives have developed more robust emotional resilience by sharing more and engaging in constant communication with their peers. Some evidence seems to show that when young people engage in creative tasks new and different neural structures are made.
A certain level of empathic connection shown by so called mirror neurones is seen to be enhanced in interaction with technology. We should encourage this increased capacity to evolve brain structure, for example, through interaction with social media. In recent studies young people engaged in social media seemed to be more committed to make a difference in society as well as more concerned with social wellbeing. Technology providers can magnify this effect by providing more own-language content, more age-appropriate positive content, and creative, educational, expressive, participatory platforms to empower human attention.
There are already several systems and good examples of how to engage young people in health prevention and education, using incremental narratives and multi-dimensional games to engage teenagers in understanding the consequences of bad habits.
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