HOW MUCH TIME? WHAT? IT DEPENDS!
To use digital technology with children or not is no longer a relevant question. We believe more relevant questions concern how relevant it is to children’s learning and are they missing out on other relevant experiences by engaging with digital technology.
Chip Donaghue, a prominent researcher whose focus is Rethinking screen time for the digital age, provides many gems to think about, including:
MPC has developed a digital technology statement to provide a framework and reflection tool for teachers, educators, children, families and committee members to inform decisions and understand technology use with and for young children. Changing technologies and the rate of change are ever increasing. Intentional decisions about each technology and the benefits, challenges and risks need to be made in context of place (MPC) and time.
When making decisions about each scenario using a digital technology (computer, ipad, interactive whiteboard, mobile device, camera, light table or projectors) we consider the context and a number of questions.
Is the technology/ interactive media used:-
To see the full list of questions and MPC: Digital Technology and Children Statement please visit https://mpc.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MPC_Digital_Technology_Statement_May_2017.pdf