Chapter

26 Developmental Technologies

Technology and Human Development

Developmental Psychology

VI. APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

  1. Marina Umaschi Bers1,
  2. Elizabeth R. Kazakoff2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop206026

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Bers, M. U. and Kazakoff, E. R. 2012. Developmental Technologies. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 6:VI:26.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Tufts University, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Medford, Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    Tufts University, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

New technologies are having an impact on young people, and we need more research to understand this impact. Young people use computers to communicate with friends, to listen to and exchange music, to meet new people, to share stories with relatives, to organize civic protests, to shop for clothing, to blog, to create videos, to find romantic partners, and to learn new things in new ways. This chapter reviews the role of new technologies with regards to child and youth development. One of the constants of new technologies is that they will always be changing; there will always be newer and faster technologies. It is necessary to understand if and how these technologies support developmental milestones at different ages. Furthermore, due to the ever-changing nature of new technologies, a framework in which to evaluate these new technologies should be used. This chapter focuses on positive behaviors in which new technologies might engage children and youth, while also reviewing potential harmful activities, following the framework of positive technological development (PTD).

Keywords:

  • new technologies;
  • digital worlds;
  • programming;
  • developmental milestones;
  • positive technological development;
  • positive youth development;
  • internet;
  • digital technology