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New Study Debunks Kids & Screentime Myths

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photo Via HuffPo

Kids and screentime is a hot topic these days. And with all of the new gadgets popping up, it’s a subject that’s only going to become hotter. Which is why non-profit Zero to Three set out to explore the effect of media on young children (up to three years old) in a new study.

One of the biggest takeaways that the organization, along with a group of leading researchers, found was that screens shouldn’t necessarily be avoided all together. But they should be enjoyed with an adult. In its list of tips culled from the study, Zero to Three urges parents to watch shows together and talk to your child about what is happening on the screen, prompting them with questions when appropriate. The organization also encourages getting kids moving during screen time by acting out the movements and scenes they see.

If your child is into online games, play with them to make the experience interactive. Talk about the choices he or she is making, and use the winning/losing outcome as a teaching opportunity.

Another tip: Take what you’ve learned on screen and make the connection to the real world. If you’ve just learned about animals, head to the zoo or take a walk around the block spotting as many as you can see. Or relate the challenges characters have faced on-screen to issues your child might be dealing with.

In addition to the above information, the study also summarized 5 myths about children and media in the infographic below.

Want to read the whole study? Click right here.


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