Top Tips for Screen time

What is screen time?

Children are becoming more and more tech savvy meaning that at times they are more advanced using technology than the adults around them. Many children look forward to having their Ipad for their treat time every day after school.

Is it as good for a child to learn and talk by using apps as in real life?

Unfortunately not, but that does not mean that cannot be used to support learning and as a really motivating entertainment source. 

Recent studies have found that toddlers who watch more videos said fewer words overall.  This has been surprising to lots of parents. At those times when you aren’t able to entertain your child, research has found that your child will gain more developmentally from play on their own, (problem solving, imaginative play, social understanding) than watching videos on an iPad. 

But what impact could screens have on a child learning language? 

We know that too much screen time can have a big impact on your child’s ability to communicate, some of the things to remember are:

Advice for non- screen time:

Advice for screen time:

Remember that the best way for a child to learn to talk is to play with them and talk to them. As a parent you are their best source of learning!

Children are becoming more and more tech savvy meaning that at times they are more advanced using technology than the adults around them. Many children look forward to having their Ipad for their treat time every day after school.

What is screen time?

Your child may use ‘screens’ for lots of different fun activities. These may be watching programmes or Youtube videos, looking at pictures and playing games. Common ‘screens’ used by children are tablets (Ipad), mobile phones, computers and TV. 

Is it as good for a child to learn and talk by using apps as in real life?

Unfortunately not, but that does not mean that cannot be used to support learning and as a really motivating entertainment source. 

Recent studies have found that toddlers who watch more videos said fewer words overall. This has been surprising to lots of parents. At those times when you aren’t able to entertain your child, research has found that your child will gain more developmentally from play on their own, (problem solving, imaginative play, social understanding) than watching videos on an Ipad. 

But what impact could screens have on a child learning language? 

We know that too much screen time can have a big impact on your child’s ability to communicate, some of the things to remember are:

Advice for non-screen time:

Advice for screen time:

 Remember that the best way for a child to learn to talk is to play with them and talk to them. As a parent you are their best source of learning!

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