Dipl. Psych. Ulrich Texter
Journalist and editor-in-chief of “planet toys” magazine.
I am a determinist
“The invention of the computer, the internet, the smartphone… all these three inventions have dramatically changed the world. Since then, we have been ‘always online.’ Despite this, the dissolution of the world into binary codes has not yet changed anything about a simple truth, Which is that we come into the world with fascinating sensory organs and use them to perceive this world.
Whether we want to or not, we cannot shake off the genetic predisposition. However, what we make of it also depends on the ‘environment’ in which we grow up. One thing that is certain is that playing and learning cannot be separated from one another, neither in early childhood nor later in life.
Children look for what they need, which also means that the form and content of play and learning options must be adapted to their development-specific interests.
Digital offers are not good or bad per se; they lead neither to digital dementia nor to particularly competent young talent. Digitalization is part of the world we have built – we created it, now it will shape us.
To make adults aware that children need their time for everything – especially when it comes to learning.