My mommy antennae recently went up when I saw the video below, Goodnight, iPad. I don’t have young children anymore, so I was a bit slow on the uptick of this latest coveted children’s book. The beloved classic I remember, Goodnight Moon has been recreated into a techno version.
Before you indulge in the video, which may either tune you in with a smirk, or turn you away in disgust, let’s talk about the latest recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics on young children and technology. The AAP recently confirmed delaying exposure to technology in young children (Goodnight, Moon-age).
It may seem like a no-brainer that the AAP reaffirmed its policy to discourage parents from allowing screen time for infants and children under 2 because of potentially negative effects and no known positive effects for children younger than 2 years. The AAP also encourages unstructured playtime because it is more beneficial for children to develop creativity, problem-solving and reasoning skills. As a teacher I can add, children learn best from other children and from adults. That’s why we have teachers, not TV’s teaching young children. Also, being physically active helps children stay healthy.
Here are the recommendations from the AAP “Policy Statement Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years:
• The AAP realizes that media exposure is a reality for many families in today’s society. If parents choose to engage their young children with electronic media, they should have concrete strategies to manage it. Ideally, parents should review the content of what their child is watching and watch the program with their child.
• Parents are discouraged from placing a television set in their child’s bedroom.
• Parents need to realize that their own media use can have a negative effect on their children. Television that is intended for adults and is on with a young child in the room is distracting for both the parent and the child.
• Unstructured playtime is more valuable for the developing brain than any electronic media exposure. If a parent is not able to actively play with a child, that child should have solo playtime with an adult nearby. Even for infants as young as 4 months of age, solo play allows a child to think creatively, problem-solve, and accomplish tasks with minimal parent interaction. The parent can also learn something in the process of giving the child an opportunity to entertain him or herself while remaining nearby.
I had to watch this parody a few times to notice that even the fireplace is plugged in. What are your thoughts? Is the electronic media situation out of hand? Or, is this just progress plugged into the wrong hands?