Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs. By Christine Humphries. Introduction .
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By Christine Humphries
Technology is prevalent in today’s world. When used appropriately and with guidance, technology can provide children with opportunities to help develop their cognitive, social, emotional, physical and linguistic development.
Upon careful consideration of the child development and health concerns of children, NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center worked together to develop a position statement on technology and interactive media tools.
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of the Young Child) is a professional organization that promotes excellence in early childhood education.
This organization’s main goals are as follows:
“Technology and interactive media are tools that can promote effective learning and development when they are used intentionally by early childhood educators, within the framework of developmentally appropriate practice, to support learning goals established for individual children.”
When used appropriately, technology and media can enhance the cognitive and social abilities of young children.
We will now explore the Fred Rogers Center website.
Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media
NAEYC & the Fred Rogers Center. (2012). Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. 1-15. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PS_technology_WEB2.pdf