My 18-month-old is very interested in the computer. Are
there any programs to help her start learning about the computer at
Young children are very curious by nature. They may seem to be
interested in technology, but often it is because a parent is using
a computer, talking on a cell phone or fiddling with the remote
control to the television.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long supported a
"screen-free" environment for children under 2. When it was
originally created in 1999, the AAP policy statement addressed only
TV exposure. The group included video in an updated statement this
fall and warns that heavy media exposure is associated with delayed
language development in young children.
Does this mean your child should never touch the family iPad or
computer? Not really. Parents should carefully consider their
child's use of other screens-computers, iPads and even cell phones.
Digital books and games designed for very young children can be
entertaining, but should always be combined with adult interaction.
Electronic play in this age group should be the exception, not the
The best thing you can do to help your child develop a love of
learning and prepare her to explore computers and technology as she
grows is by following three simple rules:
Sharon Cindrich is the mother of two and author of American
Girl's A Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet and A Smart Girl's
Guide to Style.
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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