TV, Computers, and Video Games

About this resource
Reviewed: 2017

IEL Resource(s)

IEL Tip Sheet: Tech Time for Young Children

IEL Tip Sheet: Tech Time for Infants and Toddlers

IEL Q&A: Screen Time and Young Children

Online Resource(s)

Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8
This position paper by the National Association for the Education of Young Children reviews findings on the effects of technology on young children and recommends educators use their professional judgment when considering their use.

Joint Guidance Brief on the Use of Technology with Young Children
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released a guidance brief on early learning and the use of technology to help families and early educators use technology to promote active, engaged, meaningful and socially interactive learning.

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. (Also in Spanish)

Video Games: Preschoolers
Interacting with a parent as well as a game can encourage a preschooler’s learning. PBS Parents encourages parents to look for qualities in games that benefit a child’s development. (Also in Spanish)

Computers and Young Children
This ERIC Digest discusses technology use with young children.

TV & Movies: Preschoolers
PBS Parents explains that parents can help shape their preschool child’s television viewing habits to fit into the child’s development. (Also in Spanish)

The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children’s Executive Function
A research study by the American Academy of Pediatrics 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.