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Tablets and Toddlers: How Much is Too Much?

Toddlers are engrossed in Ipads as butterflies land on their shoulders unnoticed. Parents are texting as their tots engage with tablets. Is this healthy?  Patti Wollman Summers, a 30 year educator with experience in early childhood education, discusses appropriate uses of digital applications for toddlers during this episode of Every Classroom Matters. Patti shares important 6 important recommendations for parents and kindergarten teachers from her new book Toddlers on Technology: A Parents' Guide.

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Show Notes from Patti Wollman Summers – Show #55 – Tablets and Toddlers: Touch Screens, Picking Apps for Young Kids and Setting Limits 

Patti Wollman Summers discusses using digital devices with toddlers safely.  She cautions parents to use iPads, Smartphones, and tablets wisely.  Toddlers are able to use these technological devices with parental guidance.  She co-authored Toddlers on Technology: A Parents' Guide where she relates a story where she observed two toddlers totally engaged in using iPads.

She uses “DigiTods” to describe the toddlers of the 21st century who are able to successfully navigate technological tools. She feels all children can use digital devices, using age appropriate apps and for a limited times.  She recommends limiting use to 15 minutes at a time and not before bedtime.  She gives six recommendations for parents.

She feels DigiTods do not need task timers in their apps and ask parents to preview all apps before allowing their children to use them. She recommends staying with age appropriate tasks and sit with the toddler the first time the child uses the app.  She recommends “The Wheels on the Bus” app, the “It’s a Small World after all” app and the “Kids Tapping Zoo” app.

Listen to Patti Wollman Summers talk about Digitods and her advice for parents.

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Vicki Davis

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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kim August 6, 2014 - 10:17 am

We just did a survey among parents with kids aged 3-10 exploring usage patterns of tablets. It’s not toddlers but you may find it interesting:

Vicki Davis August 11, 2014 - 6:08 am

Interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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