Technology and Screen Time for Children – Too Much of a Good Thing?
Technology places a big role in our everyday lives, and is also a large part of a child’s developing world. Many children tend to gravitate towards technology based items and activities. On February 11th we are excited to host “Technology and Screen Time for Children – Too Much of a Good Thing?” – A workshop designed to explore and discus common concerns parents have about their child’s use of technology.
The workshop is hosted by our special guest speaker, Kirsten Cullen Sharma – PsyD,Co-Director of Early Childhood Clinical Service and Clinical Neuropsychologist at The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. A nationally recognized expert in this field, Dr. Sharma has published in scholarly journals as well as presented at many local, national, and international conferences.
During the workshop Dr. Sharma will make recommendations about how much screen time each day is appropriate for your child, and how we can use technology to further motivate children to meet goals as well as set limits. While no one can argue that advances in technology have significantly increased our access to the world and provided us with many positive opportunities, there is also a downside to this technology that unfortunately has potentially devastating consequences for our children.
In its 2004 policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that children under the age of 2 years should not watch any television and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1-2 hours per day of quality programming. Regarding computer usage and online activities, Dr. Sharma is quoted as saying “The key is for parents to monitor how much time kids are spending online and supervise what programs they’re using”. – “Why Steve Jobs might have been wrong about the iPad … for kids” – The Today Show – Parenting.
The workshop will take place on , February 11th, 2015 between 8:30 to 9:30 AM in our Elementary School campus on 45th street. This presentation is appropriate for parents of students K-12. This workshop is free for all Aaron School families and no RSVP is required.