3:20 I would say when you hit 2, 3, 4 years old, we are talking more about the old media - television and films and there is a lot of that. There is no massive divide between old and new media. I would say there is more old media dealing with and maybe pads and few games ( names of games).....
4:14 lot of TV, lot films, lot of toys based on films that pervades their play time, gadgets, go on and lot of iPad games.
4:56 If i go into preschool and early childhood setting I do not see lot of technology at all. There is almost ECE very conventional - tends to be much more protectionist about children and keep them away as if technology is bad. I am not in that camp either but.. you do not see that much of it in early childhood setting You may see one old computer but thats about it. Maybe some digital cameras for teachers to use not fr children usually to use
18:39 ... there is no denying everyone will agree when children around age 2 and so on begin to puzzle it really increases their development and their cognitive skills and reading writing all about is included in all these apps, are inclusive ....
20:32 let's get to the basics.. We learn a lot how do we learn ABC, how we learn anything we see happen again and again and then we know it...
20:41 So using this technology children have become really adapt to many many different skills and it is absolutely amazing but again it is important like you said, at some point that there is a very balance... in other sense it take over and then you will be spending too much time in front of the screen and not getting enough fresh air....
10:11 .... So, certainly basic letter and number recognition, you can see those being well presented on laptop - because it can be bright and colourful, you can have music and sounds have follow them, sure. Those types of information processing skills, where they see the effect of one thing if they press a certain button they get applause, that is their cause and effect.. they can learn those type of information processing skills. Also recognition, literacy - number-letter recognition skills, music
6:55 So how is it integrated whether it is purposeful and planned? I do not think it is purposeful, No. I do not think parents sit around and say Okay, this will be a good program for my child...
7.33... So there is not that critical media literacy approach, where you say let's watch of the kids discuss gender, race representations....
8:47...I think there is too much variability in family for me to be able to say: yes, there is one. Certainly, there will be socio-economic divisions where those who are more educated with more money are going to more picky and openly media-literate with their kids, or keep them away while others say "stay here and watch".
15:07... There is much more defy between schools - private schools and public schools. Private schools will offer these laptop programs or iPad programs but even what they do in the classroom is so different from how kids would use technology outside from the classroom. There is almost a gap in terms of kids who have money and kids who do not. And technology is changing so quickly, So ones who do they keep getting newest gadget and then the others do not.
4:34 (file 01)...whatever it is they choose it is going to be beneficial in terms of teaching them something. It does not have to a subject of school what I mean is that it can be some way of influencing them just think differently about things. Perhaps introduce them to ... you can use technology to reach out and find out how other countries how other children live, how they interact. That could help them look across,
01.32...I think my role is to show him how to use the technology properly and then as well show him how to use it for good not just for entertainment but also showing him that he can learn, it can be useful for him, or family. The third thing would be show him to be careful with all the potential of this technology.So it is like three things, how to use it, for what purposes and to be careful when he uses it, That is my role
10:22...So I guess that the kid searched to replace that absence with friends or Facebook, online company. But if he has it at home, or if he has it with the family, I guess there is no danger. Just to be aware of things.
15:46...the bottom-line with media literacy is always having conversation with kids, always talking with them - whether they are producing or they are consuming...But in order to have that conversation with kids, you have to understand the media and you have to understand the technology, you have to familiar with the story line and the goals of whatever the games kids are playing...
17:54...Absolutely parents have to not just see the technology as possibly something to do in addition to play but that play is the very means of making sense of the world. So, learning how to share, learning how to make predictions, learning how to know the story, moves in a certain narratives, direction. I think, sometimes thats a difficult thing for teachers to see - the need to have a playful attitude....
24:48...Be informed, learn about different technologies, learn about the influence of the entertainment industry on our thoughts.
08:20...you can not control everything You have to let the kid grow and live his life. I do not know just keep communicating with the kid. You know what he is checking online, for what, how much time he spends online or on his cellphone. You have an idea. As long as you talk, it is okey.
32:10...When they hit 11-12-13, part of who they want to be is to be independent of you. They are not going to want to share lot of that, especially technology because it is very private for them. Then younger they will ... So you have more of an opportunity to be welcomed in to that world. But I just think you have to reverse? carefully, you do not want to kill if for the kids either. I get annoyed hearing adults constantly saying, constantly educating kids as opposed to sort of enjoying, having discussion, letting the kids figure out things. Just you do not have to be purposely pedagogical all the time but if you are critical thinker that is what is going to come up in your conversation.
24:19....you are not just an educator but critical thinker. I think that would be a way of coping that is a big message.
24:39...If you want to help children to be critical, you'd better develop critical literacy skills just yourself.
21:49...I think parents need to get tech-savy... and do some research and not handle over the technology as a replacement to their own interactions with their kids....
23:38...It is hard to teach people how to be media literate if you are not thinking like that. If you go in and you are watching TV and you are always thinking about certain representation, gender balances, then quite naturally you are going to have that conversation with your child. The stories always have the same kind of ... consumer culture - there is a lot of ... you know why is it that when you play this certain game it is always that person who has the most money who wins... I think it is hard thing to separate as a parent as a teacher - you are not just an educator but critical thinker. I think that would be a way of coping that is a big message. If you want to help children to be critical, you'd better develop critical literacy skills just yourself.
17:04...But an interesting thing about preschoolers is that particularly at 3, 4 early 5s, play is a means of learning...Pre-schoolers they learn through playing. That is active experiential learning that we talked about. So, even in pre-school setting you would set up playing areas...
18:29...I think, sometimes thats a difficult thing for teachers to see...
18:39...the ability to see something that child is doing that is something fascinating. It is harder for people whodid not grow up with technology to see that something on the screen can be new, fantastic and socially stimulating. Being with the child, trying to sort of get there without being too intrusive.
22:38...Parents have to understand what they can give... what is out there, what is available. Parents taking care of the children and each family has to develop routine or find source of material to stay informed, to figure out how to get informed.. there are many avenues these days;
24:58...Parents should be able to influence the child to interact to improve, develop skills in some way - so getting in the know...
01:57 (file 01)...there is so much available nowadays that we as teachers, parents and significant others we have to always have at the forefront of our minds knowledge... So it might be about attitude about how to be a good friend. It is amazing how many thing we really do have to tell,
3:20...I do not really what kind of support because I know He is going to learn all by himself. I can never teach him anything aon technology and I am sure he will learn from friend, teachers, just by imitating what he is seeing everywhere from everyone.
3:39...My role is more to give him an example try to make him understand which things he should avoid for him to remain healthy relationship with digital technologies.
9:26...The problem I find is that we do not have as much time as parents had before. So I guess we have to try to find most possible time to spend with kids and actually talk. I do not mean talking when you are driving or eating, but really sitting down and talking and just knowing, getting to know the person.
6:10...With my son, some morning I am alone, so I put some comics on TV and when I realize that the first thing he asks when he wakes up is TV that makes me sad and then I feel guilty; that it is my fault. So I have regrets and I try to instead of putting him in front of the TV I ask him to help me with the breakfast, with the table, dressing and etc
Really my advice is for people who are not involved and who should be. I think wherever the audience is that i am speaking to there is always each one is going to tell one...
7:48 (file01)...Me to be better developed and interact with technology and integrate technology in their lessons overall. That would be a great thing if that can happen. It has happened to a certain extent and it continues but I think there should be more an emphasis on this development and that way 21st century skill it is absolutely important are involved and exposed and even in remote areas where there is still emphasis on machine and they do not have that kind of knowledge even the processing machines and many things about these machines become digital. You still have to have that knowledge. It is my opinion get in the know that can never heart and more we seek that knowledge better everyone will be.
NatiaSo you do not want to have these screen junkies when they are 3 or 4.
20:55...How do you balance that? I think that to an extent as the adult you have to set certain limits - children need limits... But I would not just limit it without speaking to the child. I think I would say " look, it is not that it is a waste of time what you are doing but you are not spending time on other thing you could be doing. But then as an adult you have to be there making sure there are other these interested experiences.
24:48...Be informed, learn about different technologies, learn about the influence of the entertainment industry on our thoughts.
25:29...Think about how it affects yourself and quite naturally it will come out with the kids. The way I have heard spoken about early childhood education is to keep away - I do not think it is very realistic and helpful. It is like you do not let your baby play with barbie. So if you don't let them play when they are 8 they are going to want it that much more. So you create this fantastic, not only it is great but I am not allowed to have so it must be really great, so I can not wait - demystify it. I think it is important to demystify to yourselves.
So I would recommend teacher and parents and to myself to not be afraid of the thinking about it and not feel that it is only for teachers or other people that we are all very much affected by media...I would say to teachers "don't be afraid of discussing with children...
NatiaIf we want to observe how children interact with technology and percieve its use, this study "Technology and young children: How 4–7 year olds perceive their own use of computers"
by Susan McKenney *, Joke Voogt could be an interesting one to look at.
This study examined young children’s access, perceptions and use of technology within and outside of school settings. One hundred sixty seven children from varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds participated in the study. Regardless of gender, socio-economic status or ethnic group, most children had access to computers in and outside of schools. In both settings, pre-K through grade 2 children report that they primarily use computers to play games. Children’s attitudes toward computers are positive. Older children tend to use the computer more often, are better able to operate the computer and their attitudes towards computers are more positive. Boys’ attitudes towards computers are more positive than the attitudes of girls, but no gender differences were found for computer use nor ability level. While no significant differences were found between the attitudes of Dutch and immigrant children, the latter group indicated more frequent use. Also, children from a lower socio-economic neighborhood had more positive attitudes towards computers and used computers slightly more often than middle class children. The findings of this study inform the debate on the desirability of young children’s exposure to computers at home as well as in educational settings. Further, these findings may help educators and parents to both critically assess their current practices (e.g. the relative value of the most frequently used applications – games), and strive to integrate developmentally appropriate uses of technology at home and in classrooms.
Jane Healy (1998) in his book warns parents/educartors about the problem of depression that digital "connectedness" and addiction brings by. She says that the brain responds to its environment, that computer usage in isolation limits language development, that lack of physical exercise affects brain growth and stimulation, and that there may be more incidences of depression by students living in a more isolated world.
"Connecting Kids to Technology: Challenges and Opportunities. KIDS COUNT Snapshot"- This is a report which was presented on the Digital Divide Network and examines the demographics of the digital divide, discusses some implications of current trends, and highlights a few efforts to bridge the divide and provide a level playing field for all children.