Friday, July 4, 2014

S.T.E.M.: Focus on Technology

 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Technological tools including phones, screens, tablets, computers, and much more have become great resources for many of us in recent years. Technology connects us to people and learning concepts in a whole new exciting and engaging way. From screen time to interaction with handheld devices, professionals who are interested in the health of our children have weighed in on technology including its benefits and its cautions. This blog on technology leads you to some of the information professionals have shared, and allows you to make informed decisions for the children in your life. 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP offers a wealth of information on screen-time and media use. Some of the most important information suggests a healthy “media-diet” that is monitored by parents and avoidance of television and media use for infants and children under the age of two. Take a look at the AAP advocacy and policy health initiatives on media and children link provided for media use tips and additional resources.

NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Position Statement
The National Association for the Education of Young Children informs parents and caregivers of young children with 12 key messages on the use of technology for children from birth to age 8. The full position statement is also available for review on the NAEYC website.

5-4-3-2-1 GO!
Organizations such as the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children and FORWARD, Fighting Obesity Reaching healthy Weight Among Residents of DuPage, offer messaging encouraging children to be active and engage in healthy lifestyle practices. This message includes limiting screen time. 

For more lessons that encourage 5-4-3-2-1 GO! try the link included here. 

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