Children develop in a healthy way through positive, nurturing relationships between adults and children. Quality digital media that is a mix of education and entertainment should support these interactions. It is always better for adults and children to share media together. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages screen time for children under the age of 2.
Technology can be a very powerful learning tool, but it is not a teacher or a parent. Use technology to enrich your child’s life
Stop (and be selective)
Technology and how we use it are constantly changing, but “more” or “newer” aren’t necessarily better. In fact, too much screen time can be harmful for young children. Be in control.
Be choosy. When selecting media, ask yourself: Does it engage my child? Does it invite my child to participate or ask him to do something? Is it educational and informational? Is there violent or adult content? Is it really educational or simply labeled educational?
Use the “app” or game before introducing it to your child. Then, use the technology with them.
Young children learn best from interactions with real people and hands-on activities with real things. They learn by doing – not by watching. Turn off the electronics and read, play and just spend time together.
Review and reinforce the content from the TV show/video/game at a later date. Repetition is important for young children’s learning.