Category: Educational Games & Media

Parents, Not Children, Need Limits on Screen Time!

- The American Academy of Pediatrics advises zero screen time for children under two years old and a limit of two hours a day for those between the ages of 3 to 18. On the other hand it seems that, until today, few recommendations were made for parents’ screen time! An oversight amended by Catherine Steiner-Aidar, a psychologist and …
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Are Parenting Websites Too “Mumsy”?

- UpAllHours.com is a new parenting platform that connects, entertains and supports parents. The website is not only for mothers, but also for fathers. Sam Sims, “Up All Hours” founder, discussed why most of men visit sites like Mumsnet – the UK’s largest network for parents – only when they’ve made a …
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Do Children Still Need to Learn Handwriting?

- Some educators regard technology as the panacea while the others worry over the threat of giving up true fundamental human experiences in favor of digital superficiality. A recent article by Maria Konnikova was published in the New York Times, therein – with the support of several studies – she  argued for the importance of teaching handwriting to our children. – …
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Why Screen Devices and Digital Media Are Not Recommended for your Toddlers

- The pervasive use of screen devices brings up complex issues in the matter of education. The majority of previous studies analyzing the effects of screens used by children were mainly focused on television, but recent studies are now raising the same kind of questions about the time spent on other devices, …
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Encouraging Parents to Disconnect from their Digital Gadgets

- All over the world, parents are becoming more and more reliant on digital gadgets and devices to pacify their children. The increase of parents practicing “digital nannying” to compensate for their lack of attention or absence towards their kids is worrisome. – In Malaysia, the Positive Parenting Programme launched …
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Turn Off Your Technological Devices and Talk to your Children!

- Some primary school principals and early childhood teachers have recently expressed their concerns that parents are becoming too dependent on technological devices – like smartphones and tablets – to pacify their kids or keep them entertained instead of having quality interaction with them. There is an obvious increase in the number of kindergarten …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Why Schools Should Forget Health and Safety Regulations During Playtime

- As part of a successful university experiment, at Swanson primary school in Auckland, children are free to climb trees, ride skateboards and playing bullrush without any rules during playtime. A permissive education method that seem to have many benefits; in particular a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism. – …
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What Is the Educational Value of Tablets and Smartphones for Babies and Toddlers?

- Tablets and smartphones were among the top holiday gifts for children in 2013. Since even a 3-year-old kid is able to use these kind of devices, tablets and smartphones are increasingly used as pacifiers and babysitters. A trend that worries some experts who wonder if the apps and games available …
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Should Children Learn Computer Science at School?

- Recently, President Obama, Shakira, Ashton Kutcher, Dwight Howard and other celebrities were enrolled by code.org, a nonprofit group, to promote a computer programming class. The purpose of this operation is to teach computer literacy to high school students in the United States and prepare them for highly in-demand jobs. – It seems …
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Television May Impair Children’s Development

According to a study by researchers at Ohio State University, there is a strong link between the development of “theory of mind” and the use of television in families.  “Theory of mind” is the faculty to understand that different minds can have different mental states and that others may have different …
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