AGATA MALTESE1*, FRANCESCO CERRONI2*, PALMIRA ROMANO2, DANIELA RUSSO2,3, MARGHERITA SALERNO4, BEATRICE GALLAI5, ROSA MAROTTA6, SERENA MARIANNA LAVANO6, FRANCESCO LAVANO6, GABRIELE TRIPI7,8
1Department of Psychological, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, University of Palermo, Italy - 2Clinic of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Department of Mental Health, Physical and Preventive Medicine, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy - 3Centro di Riabilitazione La Filanda LARS; Sarno, Italy - 4Sciences for Mother and Child Health Promotion, University of Palermo, Italy - 5Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy - 6Department of Health Sciences, University “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy - 7Department PROSAMI, University of Palermo, Italy - 8Childhood Psychiatric Service for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, CH Chinon, France
The technology now seems to have involved not only the world of adults, but also and especially that of children, becoming a form of communication and rapid interaction and widespread dissemination. Some parents start to worry about a possible technolog- ical dependency, given the hours spent by the youngest, called digital children, in front of computer, smartphones and tablets. A decade ago, the sociologist Mark Prensky spoke of digital natives, that is the first generation of children grew up with consoles, videogames and computers while today we are witnessing an evolution of this concept in the third generation of digital, appeared approximately with the arrival of iPad and tablet and is constantly evolving in a technology with wi-fi, app (programs designed for smartphones) and touchscreen.
digital natives, Millennial Generation, media devices.