In todays society, Technology is everywhere and our children are exposed to it daily. I believe that with the correct balance of outdoor play and technology we would see the benefits of technology rather than having the stigma of it rotting our children’s minds.
In many establishments technology has been seen has a gap to fill between daily transitions for example – screen time after lunch or iPad opportunities later in the nursery day and many parents and practitioners disagree with this. I am however a professional who likes to see the benefit of offering these opportunities to children.
In recent years nursery establishments have implemented many strategies to decrease the amount of screen time there is in the settings and have written several policies about the procedure.
Offering screen time isn’t just about children sitting down and watching cartoons whilst staff tidy up or set up an area , it can be a time for children to relax after a busy morning and un wind with their peers with comfy pillows and teddies and have a recharge for the afternoon.
Many children in nursery settings are actually in from 7am to 6pm and I personally think its healthy and beneficial to offer children a 15 minute break from outdoor play and any other type of play to just sit and relax and to be honest ”switch off” from the world around them.
I would love to know your thoughts on screen time ;
P.S I am not suggesting to sit children down, all day, everyday. I am merely offering a topic of discussion.
I shall leave with a quote : “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs
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