Children struggle to read emotions and are less empathetic than a generation ago because they spend too much time using tablets and smartphones, a leading psychiatrist has warned.
Iain McGilchrist said children as young as five were less able to read facial expressions because of too much interaction with technology.
He added that he had evidence that more pupils were displaying borderline “autistic” behaviour. Dr McGilchrist, a former Oxford literary scholar who retrained in medicine, said he had heard of increasing numbers of teachers who had to explain to their pupils how to make sense of human faces.
My thoughts are:
1) At the end of the day we need to do everything we can to help children understand their feelings, emotions and behaviour.
2) Our teachers are already struggling to cope with so many SEN ‘labels’ we need to take all necessary steps to support them.
3) There is another aspect which is what I call ‘energetic connection’ which could help parents and teachers in their support of children, more details here.
What do you think?