Donohue addresses a new age of hi-tech toys

Hi-tech toys designed to stimulate computational thinking and even diagnose medical conditions have some experts wondering if healthy child-parent interactions are at risk.

Chip Donohue, director of Erikson Institute’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center, tells The Guardian that “modern technology can help a child feel more empowered, capable and competent.”

photo of Chip Donohue

Chip Donohue

But, in the story, he warns that toys shouldn’t replace the essential relationship between a child and his or her caregiver.

“The research is pretty clear that parent-child interaction helps early literacy and school readiness,” he says. “In the end, we need to empower parents and help them understand that they should not hand off those responsibilities to a device.”

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