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Wednesday – Technology and Kids

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by

Kid’s and Tech Use

Recently we found a blog written by a pediatric occupational therapist who was commenting on the American Pediatric Associations recommendations on children’s use of technology. Here is the article link. The APA’s recommendations are referenced and linked to in the article as well.

She makes some interesting points and the chart located at the bottom of the article that lists the recommendations for certain types of technology for certain ages is definitely a topic to address. Here’s the gist (but make sure to check out the chart on your own by clicking the link above:

Technology Use Guidelines for Children and Youthtech comp:tablet

Age: 0-2 years – No technology use at all.

Age: 3-5 years – 1 hour/day: Non-violent TV (no other technology use)

Age: 6-12 years – 2hours/day: Non-violent TV (no other technology use)

Age: 13-18 years – 2hours/day: Non-violent TV and Handheld devices; Non-violent video games or violent video games (limit to 30mins/day; Never online violent video games and or pornography. 

Other Technology Use includes: Handheld Devices, Non-violent video games, violent video games, Online violent video games and /or pornography. 

We, at Learning Foundations, are big proponents of using certain technology for assistance in school as well as for learning and studying. Reading this article created a great discussion and made us really consider how we regulate our own kids at home and in our work. The APA’s recommendations are very conservative, but also seemingly in-line to an extent with how we were brought up as children (when not in or the very beginning of the tech age).

Upon the conclusion of our own discussion, we were curious to what know what our reader’s and client’s would think on this topic and we also wanted to present the information as an idea if technology regulation has never been a consideration in your family. Mostly, we would love to hear back from you! All sides, all comments! There is a little bubble up by the title of this blog where you click and add a comment. Please start a conversation with us and let us know what you think about this woman’s article, suggestions, and the APA’s recommendations. Are they realistic? Feasible? Do you regulate technology in your family? Why? How? If you don’t, then why? 

Looking forward to hearing from you! And feel free to share this link with your friends.

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