Posted on 11/18/2013 at 09:29 AM by Global Reach

The environment in which young children are growing up today is saturated with screen media such as television, movies, computer and video games, Internet, smartphones, I-pads, and tablets.  This media culture is affecting our young children.  We are seeing the negative effects on children’s play, language, social interactions, creativity, behavior, and gender roles which can be directly linked to the use of screen media.  Media can control not just what lessons children learn, but also how they learn and process these lessons.

In her new book, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age, Diane Levin (NAEYC publishers, 2013) suggests that teachers better equip themselves to understand how media can be used appropriately and to be able to counteract the negative aspects of it.

Recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics include:
     - NO SCREEN TIME for infants and toddlers.
     - No more than 2 hours daily for older children.
     - NO MORE than ½ HOUR PER WEEK of screen time in early care and education settings.


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