TV, Computers, and Video Games
Tech Time! Computers and Preschoolers
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Tech Time! TV, Videos, and Young Children
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Tech Time! Video Games and Young Children
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TV, Computers, and Video Games—How Much Is Too Much?
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Computers and Technology
- How True Are Our Assumptions about Screen Time?
This article lists five common parental assumptions about the impact of screen time on children that research may not support.
- Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8
This paper reviews findings on the effects of technology on young children and recommends educators use their professional judgment when considering their use.
- Computers: Preschoolers
This article from PBS Parents advises parents to limit their children’s screen time and to help them make the most of that time.
- Video Games: Preschoolers
Interacting with a parent as well as a game can encourage a preschooler’s learning. Parents should look for qualities in games that benefit a child’s development.
- Examining Some Common Myths About Computer Use in the Early Years
This article explores myths about computer use.
- Early Connections: Technology in Early Childhood Education
This site provides resources and information for educators and child care providers related to technology and young children’s learning.
Computers and Young Children
- This ERIC Digest discusses technology use with young children.
- TV & Movies: Preschoolers
Parents can help shape their preschool child’s television viewing habits to fit into the child’s development.
- Policy Statement: Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of television for children younger than two.
- Recommendations: Children, Adolescents, and Television
This site contains guidelines for television watching by children. These guidelines were developed for parents by pediatricians.
- Television: Special Issues for Young Children
Parents can use the resources on this site to learn how to discuss the media with children, how to control the media environment for their family, and how to speak out on the issues.
- The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children's Executive Function
A research study found that preschool-aged children who watched fast-paced television cartoons did less well at self-regulation, working memory, and other aspects of executive function.
- Helping Your Child Make Sense of Advertising
The American Psychological Association recommends that advertising targeted to children under the age of 8 should be restricted.
- Social Outcomes Associated with Media Viewing Habits of Low-Income Preschool Children
Authors: Conners-Burrow, Nicola A.; McKelvey, Lorraine M.; Fussell, Jill J.
Publication Date: 2011
Source: Early Education and Development, 22(2), pp. 256-273.
This study indicated a link between viewing inappropriate media and higher hyperactivity and aggression scores and a lower social skills rating. The amount of viewing was not related to these classroom outcomes. Teachers can help parents be aware of the potential impact of media selections on their children's classroom behavior.
- Computer Use Within a Play-Based Early Years Curriculum
Authors: Howard, Justine; Miles, Gareth E.; Rees-Davies, Laura
Publication Date: 2012
Source: International Journal of Early Years Education, 20(2), pp. 175-189.
This study examined teachers’ experiences of adding computer use to classroom practice. It looks at the children's levels of engagement with computer activities. The study found that children considered these activities as play and showed moderate to high levels of engagement.
- The Impact of Background Television on Parent-Child Interaction
Authors: Kirkorian, Heather L.; Pempek, Tiffany A.; Murphy, Lauren A.; Schmidt, Marie E.; Anderson, Daniel R.
Publication Date: 2009
Source: Child Development, 80(5), pp. 1350-1359.
This study looked at the way background television might affect the interactions between infants and toddlers and their parents. During the study, background television decreased both the quantity and quality of parent-child interaction.
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