Pediatricians Set New Guidelines on Electronic Media Use by Young Children

by Melissa Garfinkle

screentimeThis article is about the American Academy of Pediatrics updating its recommendations on electronic media use for young children. The new recommendations acknowledge that some media exposure can have educational value for children as young as 18 months, although it should be high-quality programming such as PBS television. The new recommendations were made because of shifts in technology. Since technology is always improving and advancing and the media is used more and more, the AAP felt it necessary to change their recommendations to keep up with the advancement in technology.

This affects young children because it could change the amount of screen time they are exposed to. I think it could cause families to spend less time with their children playing outside because children will be exposed to screens at an earlier age. The article does mention that parents should still prioritize playtime away from screens, but I think since the recommendations have been updated, parents will want to expose their children to technology early on.

This news will influence Early Child Education because centers will incorporate more technology into their classrooms and educators will want to expose children to technology during school hours. I think in future years, the technology ad media use in early childhood education will keep increasing to keep up with changes in technology.

Our guest blogger is Melissa Garfinkle

I am currently a student at Towson University, pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree.I think technology and the media plays a role in early childhood education and technology will always be advancing. This is an important topic in early childhood education.”



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