Keeping up with what your children are watching

A thoughtful and hopeful article since it demonstrates how parents are beginning to understand the value of both limiting screen time for kids and being discerning about what kids actually consume while in front of media machines. Continue reading

A possibly skewed look at the pros and cons of digital ware for toddlers

A short and somewhat strange article ostensibly about the pros and cons of raising toddlers with an abundance of digital machines at their finger tips. Continue reading

Infants need to be active, not staring at screens

iPad Bouncy Seat

A piece at once comical and rather sad. It’s about a product developed by Fisher Price, which allows parents essentially to strap their infants and toddlers in front of a screen and ignore them. Continue reading

Three rules for toddlers and the TV

An interesting article presented in a question and answer format. A parent is distressed about the temper tantrums of the 3 and 1/2 year old when the TV is turned off and asks what can be done. The problem is that the child is told that it’s time to have the set turned off but goes ballistic when deprived of the tube. A common problem in the US and around the world. Continue reading

American Academy of Pediatrics may be behind the times

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A thought-provoking article about the recently updated official position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on children and the media. As the author points out, the AAP remains in the position of actively recommending no television viewing for kids under age 2 even though most of these kids are already watching a lot of TV. So the position of the AAP seems out of touch with reality. Continue reading

Screen time isn’t beneficial to toddlers

An article about a growing controversy that is worth absorbing and understanding. A child advocacy group called The Campaign for A Commercial-Free Childhood has been putting legal pressure on the makers of apps like Baby Einstein to stop misrepresenting their products as somehow making infants and toddlers smarter by kids plugging into them. Continue reading

Is technology killing our ability to communicate?

A curious article related to research at the Department of Psychiatry at King’s College London. The study done there raises concern that children who grow up relating more to iPads and media devices rather than to real people will reach adulthood with a less full and developed vocabulary than those who relate less to machines and more to humans. Continue reading

iPads for infants: learning or stunting growth?

An impressive article that pulls together much material of grave concern. The subject is the use of iPads with very, very little kids. The child in question is only 10 months old, and already his mother is introducing him to iPad material. She thinks it’s great because he’s learning, she feels. Also, she has more time to herself. It’s the perfect baby sitter. Continue reading

Balancing screen time with human contact

A thought-provoking article that deserves a careful read. More and more I have seen parents dealing with kids suffering from anger problems and sleep issues by turning to the media in the form of IPad and smart phones and touch screens to mollify their kids. In the short term it works. In the long term there are problems. Continue reading

High tech media devices are here to stay

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An article that clarifies how deeply high tech media devices are now embedded in our lives. They are here to stay. From year to year they may become more integral to our lives. Please note that the author of this piece works for Fisher Price, a toy-making company that has now invested much in developing and marketing high tech toys. So he has a lot to win if parents get with the program. Continue reading