Technology and Children.

should these children be doing this by themselves? According to leading experts NO!


What is your opinion on young children  flat screen technology?

How does technology affect the way children develop and learn? It’s a big question the topic of our seminar for Early Childhood Professionals during Children’s Week WA attempted to answer. The event – hosted by Professor Donna Cross – also highlighted concerns over early exposure to flat screens.


For the second year in a row this event was over-subscribed, further evidence this annual presentation and networking opportunity is keenly anticipated amongst early childhood professionals. We considered the interest in the discussion from parents and felt that sharing her findings with parents and the community in general would give many people the right tools to plan the use of technology for children and make informed choices.

A copy of Donna’s talk is available here along with her interview on ABC Statewide Mornings in the lead up to her presentation as part of Children’s Week and we highly recommend you have a listen and share the research she has done especially in relation to access for technology for very young children.

A big thank you to the Education Department and Lotterywest for their support in hosting the event and funding the filming of the seminar.

A reminder that all of Meerilinga’s Early Learning Programs practice’ learning through play’and have outdoor learning environments designed to encourage children to engage with nature. There is no access to Flat screen technology for young children in our classes which are designed for Pre-kindy and kindy aged children. Our childcare services and pre-kindy have been nationally recognized for exceeding National Quality guidelines EYLF and we can guarantee you the only use of flat screen technology in our learning environments is in accordance with the guidelines set out by Professor Donna Cross.

Being informed is one of our best tools as parents and educators.


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