The impact of digitalization on the lives of Alpha Generation kids (children born after 2010)
Is the use of digital devices changing children's thinking and social skills? Does traditional storytelling better stimulate children's imagination compared to cartoons or e-books? How accurately can parents assess the amount of time their child spends on digital activities?
In our research, we compare the mobile device usage habits and cognitive and social skills of children who spent their preschool years during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are interested in how the intensity of visualization in digital storybooks and the social context of storytelling affect children's creativity, fantasy and imagination.
In this research, we measure and follow up on children’s mobile touchscreen device habits as well as cognitive and social skills.
Besides scientific research, we are also developing an application, Alphie, designed for children and families. Our aims are:
Alphie is now available on Android devices but currently only in Hungarian:
Since 2016, dedicated our research group, comprising psychologists, biologists, and computer scientists, has delved into the impact of digital device usage on children's development. Beyond groundbreaking research, we're crafting a cutting-edge, science-based app package designed to be a friendly companion for children.
Our dedication to high-quality scientific work has earned us numerous domestic accolades and featured publications in esteemed international journals. The positive feedback from families participating in our studies speaks volumes about our family-centric approach.Our team
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Caroline Fitzpatrick, professor at Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) and a visiting research fellow at the University of Johannesburg. She is also a Tier II...