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The Internet of Toys: who’s in charge? | Anne Peetoom | TEDxFryslân

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Published on Jan 10, 2017

She talks about the social and cultural impact of ‘The Internet of Toys’. Toys connected to the internet are fun, new, educational, complex and... potentially very dangerous. As a game fanatic she finds the new possibilities of connected toys amazing. But as a mother she sometimes worries: what do my daughters learn from connected toys? How do they change the way they play? Are they safe? Which digital skills do parents need to keep up? And perhaps the most important question: who’s the boss? The child or the toy?
Anne believes that every parent should at least think about these developments, and make a decision: do I interfere and stay informed and connected or do I give my children complete freedom to explore playing with connected toys themselves?

Anne Peetoom (1971) is an independent researcher, videodirector, storyteller and journalist. She teaches television skills at the masterprogramme of journalism at the University of Groningen.
For years she worked in the heart of Dutch television news and current affairs, at several national broadcasters (NOS, NTR, Avro). There, she investigated and shot stories on education, health, childcare.
Making difficult social matters easy to understand for a broad audience: that has always been her goal in her professional life. She’s in search of little, daily life examples to tell the big story in text, image and sound. And that’s what she will try to do talking about the social and cultural impact of The Internet of Toys: a subject she recently researched for Mediawijzer.net. How do connected toys change the way children play? What kind of digital skills do parents need to acquire? And who’s in charge: the child or the connected toy?

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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