As parents, most of us have fought the battle with our kids since they’re absorbed into a video game or film within an iPad, tablet or smartphone.
These days, it’s common for two-year-olds to be using iPads, elementary schoolers hooked up to video games, and most of us have problems (or live with) the challenge of prying.
Technology is everywhere and its own draw kids are obvious, but is technology helping our children learn?
Technology is getting more social, flexible, and personalized, and as a result, it is sometimes an excellent teaching tool. Having said that, as parents, we need to establish boundaries.
Today, the software is linking children to online learning communities, monitoring kids’ progress through lessons and games, and assessing each students’ experience.
From the time your child is in elementary school, they’ll likely well-versed in technology.
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What do early childhood practitioners – and – parents, also – need to think about before handing kids these gadgets?
Let’s start in the beginning: what is technology in early youth?
Technology can be as simple as a camera, audio recorder, music player, TV, DVD player, or more recent technology such as iPads, tablets, and smartphones used in child care centres, classrooms, or even at home.
Teachers have always used technology. The difference is that today teachers are using really powerful tools like iPads and iPhones in their personal and professional lives.
Technology is simply a tool.
It should not be utilised in classrooms or child care centres as it is cool, but since teachers may perform activities that support the healthy growth of youngsters.
That may be all they require.
At the same time, teachers will need to be able to integrate technology into the classroom or child care centre as a social justice issue.
We can’t presume that all kids have technology at home.
A deficiency of vulnerability could expand the digital divide – that is, the difference between those with and without access to digital technology – and – limit some children’s school readiness and early achievement.
Just as all children will need to understand how to manage a book in early literacy, they will need to be taught how to use technology, including how to open it, how it functions, and how to take care of it.
Experts worry that technology is bad for kids.
Now, very young children are sitting in front of TVs, playing on iPads and iPhones, and watching their parents take photos on a digital camera, which has its very own screen.
There used to be only the TV display.
That was the display we worried about and researched for 30 years.
We as a field understand a whole lot about the effect of TV on children’s behaviour and learning, but we understand very little about each of the newest digital devices.
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages display time for children under two years old, but the NAEYC/Fred Rogers place statement takes a slightly different stance.
It states that technology and social media should be limited, but what matters most is how it’s used.
What’s the content?
Is it being used in an intentional method?
Is it developmentally appropriate?
As parents, we will need to be aware of the drawbacks of technology and its effects on vision, language and physical improvement. We also Have to Be cognizant of our children overall development,
My advice to teachers and parents would be to trust your own instincts. You know your kid and if you believe they’ve been watching the display too long, turn it away.
It is around us, as parents, to notice your child’s computer time is reducing or limiting interactions and playtime with other kids and nudge them in fresh directions. To encourage them to become physically active, to get outside and play.