Possible Effects of the Electronic Social Media on Gifted and Talented Children’s Intelligence and Relationships

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Abstract

In just a few decades, electronic networks have expanded beyond all expectations. Instant messaging via smart phones and computers of all sorts whizz round the world. Researchers and policy makers are strongly divided in their findings and conclusions as to the effects of possible persuasive changes on the lives of our children. Electronic social media might positively revolutionise learning, professional development, advocacy, research and policy-making, but they might also encourage superficial rather than deep thought, thus negatively affecting children’s intellect and personal relationships. This paper takes a look at some approaches to the interactions of positive and negative impacts with special implications for gifted and talented children.

General Information

Keywords: the gifted, social media, evidence, culture, intellect, relationships, morality

Journal rubric: Psychology of Giftedness

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse.2015200111

For citation: Freeman J. Possible Effects of the Electronic Social Media on Gifted and Talented Children’s Intelligence and Relationships. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2015. Vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 102–109. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2015200111. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Joan Freeman, professor, Founding President of the European Council for High Ability, ECHA, London, Great Britain, e-mail: joan@joanfreeman.com

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