Screen time debate broadens with research

New studies move away from stringent screen time restrictions to more flexible guidelines

screen-timeScreen time remains a hot-button issue, but classifying technology use guidelines to include active versus passive use, and how the technology is used, could help redefine traditional screen time guidelines as tech tools become increasingly integrated into early childhood education settings.

New research from RAND Corporation and PNC Grow Up Great aims to define developmentally-appropriate technology use in early childhood education by taking into account the technology and content used, the reason they used and how they are used, and how often they are used.

The researchers note that screen time guidelines were established when television was the main source of screen-based content children consumed, but that screen time is on the rise, and should perhaps be evaluated and defined in the same way as any other technology with educational potential.

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Laura Ascione

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