Children & Technology: It Can Be a Learning Experience When Adults Also Interact

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Maureen Kelleher, a regular journalist at the Fred Rogers Center, writes about hers, and surely, other parent’s fears about technology being used by young children. She aims to calm parents fears based on research evidence of potential positive benefits to children’s learning when interaction with adults and media happens. Michael Robb, Rogers Center Director of education and research explains: “You don’t have to be a tech expert for your child to get the most out of media. Just talk with them. Interact. That’s where the learning happens.”

It’s all about relationships like Fred Rogers would remind us; Maureen invites the readers to keep Lisa Guernsey’s 3Cs in mind – content (What are children viewing and learning as they watch or play?), context (When are children using media in their daily routines?) and the individual child (How is this affecting your particular child?) to make the most out of chidren’s interactive technology experience.

Read more about Attention Parents: Tots + Tech Doesn’t Have to Equal Worry from the Fred Rogers Center.


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