Summer Student, Moose Jaw Literacy Network
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that some screen time is okay for children over the age of 18 months. However, they recommend that this time be limited to about an hour or less a day, and suggests that parents stay involved in their children’s screen time. Studies have confirmed that screen time directly relates to weight and sleep issues for children due to immobility and what they are watching/doing on their screen.
With all of that said, there are many positive uses of screen time that can be useful tools for teaching your child various skills. For example, there are many television shows such as Paw Patrol or Jake and the Never Land Pirates. There are also tons of apps that are great for children to be using for educational purposes. Some of these include YouTube Kids, Cookie Monster’s Challenge, Fish School HD or Sparky & The Case of The Missing Smoke Alarms.
We live in a time where students need to learn how to operate technology and it can be a great tool for teaching literacy, so we should be utilizing it to our advantage. However, it is important to participate with your child through these apps and to limit their time on them each day. In fact, in 2017, Apple had over 80,000 apps in its educational category, so get searching and make good use of your child’s screen time!