Very Young Children and Technology

“Facing the Screen Dilemma:  Young Children, Technology and Early Education.” Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. 

Okay so this article will be a little biased!  Facts that they listed:

  • 64% of babies between 1 and 2 watch tv or videos for a little of 2 hours/day
  • 2011 there 3 million downloads of Fisher Price apps YIKES!!
  • Preschoolers time on screen might between 2.2 to 4.6 hours

The article says there is no research that shows that screen time develops children.

It does say grow and develop when:  they are “read to, played with, given time to play creatively, physically active play and interactions with others.”

Preschool teachers are feeling pressure to introduce technology in Preschools!

Groups fighting this are  this website’s group and TRUCE.  Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment.  These groups are trying to look past the market hype and focus on evidence-based research.

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The Balance of Screen Time

Holland, Beth.  “The Balance of Screen Time.” Edutopia. Edutopia Schools That Work 23 Sept. 2105. Web. 16 March 2015.

In this article it says that APA says kids under the age of 2 should have NO Screen Time.

Beth Holland, poses these 3 questions about screen time for children:

Is it appropriate, meaningful and empowering?  Interesting–it reminds that computers for some give them a voice.  It may give introverted students a voice–one who wouldn’t speak in front of peers.   The article went on to say that technology can empower all students to make “deeper connections with content and learning.”  One teacher used Today’s Meet, back channeling website–as she read she allows students connect, question and infer about the book.  “Students think, collaboarate and construct their own meaning…”  I did that when I read Capture the Flag Book to 5th graders during recess a couple of years ago.  The biggest hurl to overcome is that students have first learn to use it as tool and not a way to write silly things.  Once we got over that it was a great tool for predicting what would happen in the book.  Funny story–it was good until a student got another copy of the book and got ahead of us and then would always spoil the predictions.

Unplugging can reduce stress, eyestrain, the pressure of always be online. (I might add with poor ergonomics neck pain, back pain etc.)   A healthier lifestyle means finding learning experiences that they can get from peers and adults.

This leads me to the thought of how much is too much screen time in school?

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Screen Time: Find the Right Balance for Your Child

Article I read is by Patti Ghezzi

This site had a work sheet to fill out if we wanted to track how much screen times kBlog Pixids or adults had.  The problem is not with this chart but that no one really tracks their time realistically. So if I look at my phone once every hour–how much time is that?  Is it 2 or 3 minutes or is that 12-20 minutes each hour.  Parents do not estimate kids times and kids are not realistic about the amount of time they spend on or in front of screens.

Are our kids having meaningful screen time or is it convenient for parents?  The question is educational games or age appropriate games okay or does it lead to kids who are aggressive, who don’t want to play outside and does it make it difficult for our kids to pay attention in school?

This article talked about kids who watched Sesame Street during the preschool years are “still doing better in high school” than those who did not.  Which means that we might need to look at the QUALITY of what our kids are watching.

Article states that kids younger than 3–no: tv, computer or video games. These were the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). I wonder what the “Baby Einstein” makers feel about that?  Then they say Elementary School age: 1 hour per day and Middle Schoolers: 2 hours per day.  I am wondering if these are unrealistic?

AAP went on to say that more than 2 hours a day and kids will have problems; like concentrating in school because:

  • flickering lights
  • changes in imagery
  • instant gratification
  • kids always wanting that same level of brain stimulation

One tangible way to budget kids screen time–tokens.  Give them 10 tokens for 10 hours of screen time–pay a token to play that game for an hour etc.  Kids will likely be more conscientious about what they spend their time on and how long they are actually on.   I need to look to see if there are apps or online tools that track screen time.

The AAP also issued statement about screen time and aggression.  It states that over a thousand different studies were used and the results were all pretty much the same. Exposure to media violence ( I love it when they said, “even the cute, cartoonish games) can bring out aggression in kids.”  If you harm something–you harm it.

Angry birds was sited as one with low violence, some games reward positive decisions, some help them to learn–by providing practice.

My take away: Does quantity and quality matter–yes!  I thing our kids are spending far too much time in front of screens.  I think I might investigate how much screen time at school is too much?  Hmmmmmmmm…..

Ghezzi, Patti. “Screen Time: Finding the Right Balance for Your Child.” School Family. n.d. Web. 14 March 2015.

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Parent Night–some random thoughts and facts

Parent Night Talk


  • Amount of 6th graders who have a smart device in WMS
  • Average amount of screen time 5
  • Screen time and sleep Blue Light
  • Of 130 million pictures of child pornography 1 in 4 were posted by minors and most selfies (the center for missing and exploited children)

Social Media

  • Postives
  • Concerns

Most teens think that social media has had more positive than negative effect on their lives.

43% Teens express the desire to disconnect sometimes

41% say they are addicted to their mobile devices

49% of teens say their favorite way to communicate with friends is face to face

The question is how is social media impacting their social and emotional well-being

350 million snaps are sent daily on snap chat

One of the most popular hangouts now for 8-12 year olds even though it is for 13 and up

Kik is a messaging app that is most like texting does not take data so its free if there is wifi it has 100 million users

Vine a potential place for predators

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Be a Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology

From the article:

Knorr, Caroline.  “Be A Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology.” Common Sense Media.  Common Sense Media, Inc. 2015. Web. 4 March 2105.

Research is now looking at how parent screen time effects children.  Sometime kids feel like they have to compete for parent attention!!

How will they act to get your attention–that is where the next problem may lie.

Kids copy what they see!  We need to be good role models!

5 Ways to  Find the Balance:

  1. Role Model
  2. Start Early and Stick to rules!!! Consistency–like with all parenting is important! Set screen limits!  Start when they are young!
  3. Watch and use media with your kids this is a great way to see how they are using it and to instill your own family values.
  4. Set up some time as NO DISTRACTION TIME–meals, homework, and family time.  Set the phones–including YOURS to Do not Disturb.
  5. We as parents feel we always need to be connected to our jobs–be realistic–set boundaries for yourself!  Turn OFF work!  Easier said than done I think!
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Vignettes that Ring True about Face-to-Face Time

What a great thing to show kids or parents!

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This article talks about teens needing their sleep.  What keeps them up?  School-work, jobs, dinner and chores–then teens try to have some relaxing time.  But the relaxing time might be keeping them up!

TV screens, e-readers, computers, cell phones etc. give off “blue light” that our brains reads as “daylight”.  This may be keeping them awake longer because it cuts the amount of melatonin needed to promote sleep.

Could be that information teens are getting during screen time play on their emotions and/or excite them.

Recommended amount of sleep 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours.

Silence your devices or have them charge elsewhere so they don’t keep teens up!!!!

Conclusion:  No screen time just before bed because of the blue light and because of the emotional effects–more negative feelings/attitudes carry over if screen time before bed.

Kowalski, Kathiann..Need Those “ZZZZZs.” Odyssey.  March 2015.  Print.

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Screen Time Rots Your Brain

This would be a good article for students to read and collect evidence from in class.

Addiction to Games/Internet can shrink brain or work poorly

Ran on a test on adults that played 30 minutes a day

Positive Effects: (Strategy Games & Action Packed)

  • Brain grow and develop
  • Improve eyesight
  • Improve focus
  • Improve Memory


  • 2010 Ages 8-18 spent 7.5 on screens everyday
    • Overweight
    • Develop Anxiety
    • Develop Depression
    • Trouble Sleeping

Electronic Screen Syndrome coined by Psychiatrist Victoria Dunckley

  • Sensory Overload–overwhelmed by too much information or a hyper-arousal hyper-alert

So in conclusion that at a lower amount of time might help your brain to grow and develop–at 7.5 hours not so much????

Hulick, Kathryn. “Screen Time Rots Your Brain.” Odyssey. March 2015. Print.

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Goals of NETP

Summarizing the Goals “Turn Ideas into Action”
Goal 1 Learning: Engage * Empower both in and out of school

  • Standards that allow for 21 habits: critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, multimedia communication and tech competecies
  • Learn how people learn and then teach them how to learn
  • STEM

Goal 2  Assessment:  Measure what Matters!

  • Use data for continuous improvement
  • Use technology to improve assessments formative and summative
  • Research how simulations, games, virtual worlds, cognitive tutors–engage and motivate
  • Universal Design for Learning–assess what we intended to assess
  • Getting private–private

Goal 3 Teaching:  Prepare and Connect

  • Connect to data, resources, tools etc.
  • Leverage social networking technologies
  • PD powered with technology
  • Online instruction, blended learning

Goal 4 Infrastructure:  Access and Enable

  • Broadband access and wifi
  • Using internet
  • Need device for creation
  • Open Education Resources

Goal 5 Productivity: Redesign and Transform

  • Improve learning outcomes
  • Manage costs
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Arbor Day Celebration–Inserting a Smore into Word Press!

Please Click on the Arbor Day Picture Below!


Okay so my work around for not being able to insert a smore into wordpress–link a partial picture of the Smore to the flyer!

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