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Effects of Digital Media on Children’s Development and Learning

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Effects of Digital Media on Children’s Development and Learning is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the research on media use and offers guidance for educators and parents to regulate their children’s use of digital devices.

Today’s world is filled with smartphones used by people ignoring their surroundings and even texting while driving, which is criminally dangerous. Are there other dangers that may not be as apparent? Media technology (e.g., smart phones, tablets, or laptop computers) have changed the world. Babies and children are affected and research reveals that 46% of children under age one, and up to 59% of eight-year-old children are exposed to cell phones. In England, nearly 80% of senior primary-school staff reportedly are worried about poor social skills or speech problems of children entering school, which they attribute to the use of media devices.

Media technology affects family life, children’s readiness for entering school or preschool, and classroom learning. Recent research delineates a developmental progression of understanding information on devices for children between ages 2- 5 years. Younger children may believe false information if it is on a computer. This research is important for understanding technology uses in education. There are also known health risks and possible adverse effects to social-emotional development. Statistics describing the increase of media technology and developing trends in media use are presented along with guidelines and position statements developed to protect children from risks and adverse effects.

Course #30-96 | 2017 | 50 pages | 20 posttest questions

Expiration

May 09, 2027

Discipline(s)

Counselor CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE

Cost

39

Credits / Hours

3

Accreditation

APA, NBCC, ASWB, AOTA, CDR

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Janet Harrison, PhD, CCC-SLP

Keywords / Search Terms

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