Technology can be a very powerful learning tool, but it is not a teacher or a parent. Use technology to enrich your child’s life.
Stop (and be selective)
Technology and how we use it are constantly changing, but “more” or “newer” aren’t necessarily better. In fact, too much screen time can be harmful for young children. Be in control.
Be choosy. When selecting media, ask yourself: Does it engage my child? Does it invite my child to participate or ask him to do something? Is it educational and informational? Is there violent or adult content? Is it really educational or simply labeled educational?
Use the “app” or game before introducing it to your child. Then, use the technology with them.
Young children learn best from interactions with real people and hands-on activities with real things. They learn by doing – not by watching. Turn off the electronics and read, play and just spend time together.
Review and reinforce the content from the TV show/video/game at a later date. Repetition is important for young children’s learning.