The Truth About Children and Technology
Children love playing with iPhones, game systems and the latest gadgets. But should parents and teachers think twice before allowing young children to access these devices?
This is Chip Donohue. He is the dean of distance learning and continuing education. He is also the founder of TEC Center or Technology in Early Childhood a program dedicated to teaching childhood practitioners. Here’s what he had to say on the merits and shortcomings of the world of technology and Early Childhood.
What We Know About Young Children Using Technology
Phone, computer, camera, essentially anything used around children is considered technological use of some kind in early childhood.
Technology should not be used in classrooms because it’s neat, but because it should serve a real purpose of furthering a child’s learning.
But teachers should also make it a priority to make technology a part of the learning experience. Just as children need to learn to spell and write properly, so should a child also understand how to work technology properly.
Is Technology Bad for Children?
People are concerned about children’s growing time spent in front of screens.The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages screen time for children under two years old.
However, the NAEYC/Fred Rogers argues while young children’s use with technology should be limited, what’s more important is what the gadget is used for. If used purely for entertainment, less maybe more. But if the gadget is helping children learn equations, perhaps the tech is more beneficial.
How Can I Learn To Use Technology better with Young Children?
Join the TEC Center
The TEC Center was founded to foster the knowledge of how to best educate children using technology. Erikson’s program has already helped many early childhood educators become more comfortable with using technology to teach.More programs are in development
Use Educational Apps For Children
-Elmo Loves 123- Teaches children how to count from 1–20
- The Magic School Bus- Oceans by Scholastic- takes children through an interactive story that science and other facts.
-Fish School HD- Colorful fish teach your preschooler his letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in an under-the-sea world
Like any tool ever created, it’s how you use it that matters in the end. Technology can be a hindrance or help depending on its purpose in your child’s life. So choose their interaction with gadgets and gizmos wisely, learn how to best present them to your children and technology will become another helpful way to better children’s lives.