95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say so. Beyond colored markers and crayons, smartphone apps and interactive websites offer teens the chance to share their artistic passions far and wide. For example, teens can record a musical performance on YouTube, create an idea board on Pinterest, edit photos in the VSCO app, or learn a new TikTok dance and post it to their account. Using video and sound, teens can access different types of digital tools that help them to thrive creatively and to easily share their creations.
It also offers an opportunity to receive creative encouragement and feedback. While technology can be great for society and allows us to connect with our loved ones, too much of anything is a bad thing. Relying too much on technology can damage our children's self-esteem, delay the development of their relationships, create a lack of empathy and hinder their emotional development.