Technology use and Recommendations for Young Children
Based on the best currently available research, this talk focused on building strategies for appropriate use and limits toward technology for young children. This was a talk given to a parent community upon request.
parents not paying attention to what children are doing with it. Know the times, uses and restrictions on your child’s device usage; what they can and can not do. I will offer suggestions on this later.
those sites with them until at least age 10. Inform your child that you will have access to and periodically monitor email and other accounts until age 13. 13 is the required legal age for most social media sites for a child to set up an account.
to the internet that is not supervised. Essentially important after children are able to read, as content can vary wildly between sites. Guideline for starting to allow independent access is 12 years old.
is a time for connection and personal discussion where technology can be turned off. Bedtime: An excellent time to promote reading and creative storytelling. Research indicates sleep improves if there is no ‘screen time’ in the hour before bed. Experts also indicate that children should not have TVs or computers in the bedroom.
development, and attention spans are impacted heavily by television. Experts warn that having any TV, particularly adult TV on in the background when no one is actively watching is harmful to children. In the study, children from households where this happens have higher rates of ADHD, and lower IQ scores overall.
to support parents in creating safe online experiences for kids. Windows Family Safety site: http://www.microsoft.com/security/family- safety/childsafety-age.aspx Apple Family Safety site: http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/ #parentalcontrols
for your child, which can then limit the internet content and time available to the user. This setup takes time, as you have to allow each specific site, user they can interact with and configure other options, but it is well worth it.
devices have configurable settings as well. One key is to disable ‘in-app purchases’ on any device your child will be playing games on. Adjust content settings to appropriate levels to ensure ‘inadvertent’ content is not displayed. Turn off YouTube and web browsing when they are not needed.
Klungness asked rhetorically. "Activities which require patience -- such as waiting for seedlings to sprout or working on a craft project which requires wait time between steps -- are the types of activities accessible to all children with appropriate parental supervision."