Don't babysit kids with tablets (1)

Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

You've seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today's expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children.

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Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world. Hands-on manipulatives help them learn, as well. Today's guest helps us with balancing the physical world and the virtual tablet-based world many young children inhabit.

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Show Notes about Kids and Tablets:

  • What risks do tablets pose for young children?
  • What experiences are necessary for a child's optimal development?
  • Why do children need blocks and manipulatives?
  • What are ways that parents and teachers can engage with kids as they use tablet devices?
  • How can we help children learn to self-regulate their use of tablet devices?
  • How do you select activities and games appropriate for your child?

Who is Diane Levin?

Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston. She is the author of Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood(NAEYC) and So Sexy So Soon. She is a founder of Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment and Defending the Early Years.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Kali September 25, 2016 - 8:00 pm

I agree that children should not play on tablets and be engaged with being on tablets and other electronic devices as much and should be playing with blocks and other manipulatives. I think that if the parents and even teachers are going to give the kids tablets they should have them playing games or being engaged on there with stuff like reading, writing or math. They could download math games on the tablets where the kids have to count or reading games where the kids have to match letters and words with pictures. Not only would this be fun for the kids because they would be playing a game; but they would also be learning. I think that kids should always be doing hands on activities and be engaged with other kids and people rather than using a tablet. I think when they do hands on activities with other kids its helps not only for them to see it actually being done but also helps them socially interact with other kids and people. In today’s world I think kids are becoming to hooked on tablets and using them to much and not getting as much hands on experience anymore.

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