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Goodnight Moon: The Techno Version (video)

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?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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5:14PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks.

1:32PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

The greatest irony of all to me is that the more connected we are the more disconnected we become with eachother and the natural organic planet we live on.It is sad times we live in if you ask me.Don't care if you asked or not.I am telling you we are becoming more and more like mechanical beings.Just going through life as if it is a movie and we are merely watching it in a long endless loop.No reacting to those around us unless they are on a screen.If they are in front of us face to face they don't exist or even matter.We are never in the moment anymore.

5:29AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:14AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

i am just so thankful i grew up in a time where there were NO cells, i-pads or nooks. i read books, listened to the radio and used my imagination. i was born in the 60's. sad to think how dependent people are "nowdaze" on their electronics. i don't even OWN a cellphone, and am very proud of that fact!!

8:18PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Love it!

10:15AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

I agree with Gloria Morotti. Theres too much techno stuff. Kids dont talk and play like in the old days .Theres no interaction. They get on all these games and play WAR and KILLING games. There parents buy it all for them and give and dont care so long as they are out of their way plus, thats the ay they think LOVE shoud be given. No wonder the Worlds becoming like it is.

8:31AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

That was great! We do live with way too much technology these days. kids are born into it so they have no idea that you can live without it or why you would even want too. Time to decide what is more important, technology or human interaction? thank you.

7:28PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Out of hand is putting it mildly. When I was a child, before TV, I played outside all day, with rocks and dirt and trees. My imagination was stimulated, which doesn't happen when everything is already in front of the child. Children shouldn't have computers until they are fully developed. Or TV. Or any of the other crap. Messes with their brains.

6:35PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I liked it. The message is that you have to disconnect! Especially if you want a good night's sleep... so important to children and adults alike. And it's the mum who says "Enough already, time for bed"... Just like when we were kids and it was time to turn off the TV. And the kids still answer "Aw, do we have to?" I just hope the electronics get turned off early so that everyone can discharge all those weird electro-vibes properly and have a deep, restorative sleep. The other thing I like is that the electronic gadgets all go out the window... That is, they aren't left on standby on the bedside table. So it's completely dark - another thing that's necessary for our physiology to make the switch into sleep mode. I'll be sending the link to this to all friends and family who still think there's nothing wrong with being plugged in and turned on 24/7. Many thanks for this post Ronnie.

4:39PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

No techno for kids.

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