Young children and technology.
When I was first given ipads to use in my 2nd grade classroom I was not convinced that it was a good idea. Screen time, screen time. I kept thinking about when my own children were young and how important it was to limit their "screen time". So now I was being expected to use computers in the classroom and expose 20 students to screen time and I didn't like it. I began my research looking for guidelines. I went to the American Academy of Pediatrics website to look at their guidelines. I found that they had revised their earlier guidelines which had specific time limits by age. The new guidelines reflect the current reality that screens and devices are just about everywhere. They have no specific time limits, it is more of a figuring out what it right for your own family. I was a little bit disappointed in their new approach because it felt too loosy goosy but I had a starting point. Then I went to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Common Sense Media to see what they had to say. The NAEYC and Common Sense media also had a lot of advise for families which again was about finding out what was right for your family. I felt lost and really needed some guidance. Finally, I happened upon the NAEYC's Key Steps to Successfully Evaluating Educational Technology and knew I finally had a starting point as an educator.