Category: Educational Games & Media

The Crucial Importance of a Good Reading Environment at Home for Young Children

– According to a study conducted in cooperation with the On Track Research Project at the Norwegian Reading Center in the University of Stavanger, Norway, young children who are not read to at home are at a disadvantage when they begin school. There are big differences between six-year-old kids nowadays, many of them can already read on their own, …
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The Difficulty of Finding the Right Early Learning Apps in the Digital Marketplace

– In principle, it should be a piece of cake to find efficient early learning apps in the digital marketplace, for example, about how to teach your toddler to read and count. Parents only have to browse the Google, Apple, or Amazon app stores, and click “Buy.” In reality, such …
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How and Why Computers Are Hurting Reading and Learning

– Interestingly, according to a new report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), children in countries where they have a good level of Internet and computer proficiency, are not so good in reading. The results of the study show that the more computers are used at school, the worse are the students …
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Television During the Early Years Can Cause Social Skills Deficits and… Being Bullied

–  Watching television during the early years is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Babies and toddlers exposed to prolonged screen time will have more sleep problems, weight issues, attention deficits and school difficulties. Moreover, according to a new study, one more inconvenience can now be added to …
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Should We Let our Babies Use a Tablet?

– Many people are predicting terrible consequences for young children exposed to media devices. Are the effect of tablets and smartphones on our little ones as bad as forewarned? During their early years, should children learn in front of a screen rather than using old-fashioned toys and exploring their real environment? …
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A Lot of Children Under Age One Are Exposed to Media Devices

– Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to avoid exposing children under age two to devices like televisions, computers, tablets or smartphones, a new study reveals that more than one-third of infants are already playing with this kind of products. Amazingly, as many as one in seven 1-year-old toddlers …
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How Many Parents Do Read to their Children Before Bedtime?

– A recent research reveals that, while three-quarters of parents believe that reading to their kids every night is of prime importance, only one fifth of them find the time to do it, over-busy mothers being the first to see this task as a burden. Many parents consider bedtime storytelling …
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Why Babies and Toddlers Should Be “Screen Time” Deprived

– Michigan State University Extension does agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics: It’s really important to minimize TV-viewing time for children under two years old. A recommendation not only valid for television, but for all screen-devices, like tablets or other hand-held devices. Advice unfortunately not followed in practice since …
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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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