|Technology has its place, but all the experts agree that face-to-face interaction and playing are the very best for young children!|
Also out this week is a briefing from the US Department of Education and the US Health and Human Services Department. It leads with the importance of unplugged and unstructured play for child development, but also says there is a place for high quality programming and interactive apps in the lives of even the youngest children. Their guiding principles make sense:
Guiding Principle #1: Technology—when used appropriately—can be a tool for learning.
Guiding Principle #2: Technology should be used to increase access to learning opportunities for all children.
Guiding Principle #3: Technology may be used to strengthen relationships among parents, families, early educators, and young children.
Guiding Principle #4: Technology is more effective for learning when adults and peers interact or co-view with young children.
For those who were involved in the Media Mentor trainings of last year, you have probably heard about most of this before, and thought about it, too. The new guidelines from AAP and from the DOE/HHS are good reminders, and it is great to see the information and ideas being talked about thoughtfully and carefully.
How are things going for you in this regard? Any new thoughts or training?