How can I increase the educational value of screen time?

How can I increase the educational value of screen time?

Screen activities can be catchy, often presenting content in a way that can pique the attention of a child. For example, children can become passionate about activities or topics that they would initially find boring in other settings. Complementing on screen with off screen learning…

Are apps in the educational category online really ‘educational’?

Are apps in the educational category online really ‘educational’?

When it comes to toys, games, or apps for children, education is a big seller. Yet, there is very little oversight as to what gets categorized as ‘educational’. We expect a product that is educational to have passed stringent scientific testing, but something you find…

The best screens of 2020

The best screens of 2020

Our modern lives are packed with screens galore, phones in our hands, computers in our offices, ads in the subway. In fact, you are looking at one right now! Some screens are only there to be looked at, but others need to be engaged with,…

Can my child learn from watching television?

Can my child learn from watching television?

Children can appear very focused in front of a television. Unfortunately, this does not mean they are actively learning. Studies show that children under the age of 3 do not learn very well, if at all, from television or videos. As children get older, television…

Is there a way to integrate some screen time into my child’s day?

Is there a way to integrate some screen time into my child’s day?

In a day, from the moment children wake up to their bedtime, a lot can happen! Children can play outdoors, build a castle, eat lunch together, draw. These interactions with others (peers or adults) and with their physical environment are foundational for language learning. When…

Are screens always bad?

Are screens always bad?

We live in an era of screens: from our phones and computers to flat screen ads in the subway. Many caregivers worry about how much time their child or children spend with these captivating gadgets. This worry can spiral into caregivers feeling guilty leaving their…