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Screen Sense Key Findings

Download Files Mar 7, 2016

Explore the key findings from our authoritative review on the effect of screen media on young children's learning and development.

The research is clear: Children learn better and more efficiently from play and interaction in the “real,” three-dimensional (3-D) world with parents, caregivers, and peers. The fact is, however, that young children now grow up in a world of technology—screens are everywhere. Not only are they enticing, children see their parents and teachers using screens, so naturally they are drawn to them. While there is no research showing that when children younger than 2 years old use these devices independently it enhances their development, research also shows that when parents and other trusted adults make screen use an interactive, shared experience, it can become a tool for learning, and the potential negative effects can be reduced. This resource provides guidelines for parents and caregivers of children younger than 3 years on how to use screens in ways that minimize the potential negative effects and maximize learning.

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