Technology and Your Child

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There are so many questions about the right time to let children have access to technology.  It is easy to hand your kid an iPhone or iPad to keep them occupied as a distraction so you can have a few minutes to do whatever you need to do!. They can be great educational tools, but some people feel that it takes away their ability to logically work through problems because they are given the answer.

Steve Jobs, the father of modern technology, and Chris Anderson, former editor of Wired, both restricted access to technology for his kids. Chris said: “My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists. They say that none of their friends have the same rules. That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology first hand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

Yet the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Report on Technology and Young Children states that intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development.

Below are a couple of articles about kids and technology.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: Report on Technology and Young Children

Parent Magazine: Is Technology Good for Little Kids

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Father of an adopted daughter living in NY State and writing about my experiences of being a father.

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