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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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Possible Effects of the Electronic Social Media on Gifted and Talented Children’s Intelligence and Relationships 2539

Freeman J.
professor, Founding President of the European Council for High Ability, ECHA, London, Great Britain

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.

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

Column: Psychology of giftedness


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