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Early Childhood in the Digital Age: Lessons Learned and a Guide for the Future

Presenter:  Roberta Schomburg, Ph.D. and Chip Donohue, Ph.D.
Air Date:  May 1, 2019

About the Webinar

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Digital tools have quickly become part of everyday life for young children, parents, families and educators. Yet, parents and educators continue to raise concerns about the first generation of children growing up digital.

In this webinar, we will identify key principles and guidelines from the 2012 NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center joint position statement and share lessons learned and big ideas from statements and guidelines released since 2012 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Departments of Education and Health & Human Services, ZERO TO THREE, Early Childhood Australia, the Global Family Research Project, the Lego Foundation and many more.

We’ll share the growing consensus about what matters most for intentional and appropriate use of technology with young children: child development theory, DAP and social emotional learning; early childhood essentials; media creation; teacher preparation; family engagement; adult media habits and media mentors. We know that relationships have always mattered most – with or without technology.

Participants will learn about the indicators of beneficial screentime and the role of educators as media mentors. Media mentors can empower parents to establish a healthy media diet for young children and grown-ups, thus creating a positive media ecology at home and in the classroom that supports digital age “wellness” for children, parents, families, and educators.

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