“Screen Time and Our Children” by QACP Parent Educator Jamie Cho, PhD

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Educational apps via screen time

How much screen time and what types of media are appropriate for our children?  In general less television and media is better for young children, and when media is used it should be high quality programming.  Also, commercials and prime time television programming should be avoided since it includes commercialized, violent and/or sexualized imaging (Steyer, 2002).  It is up to parents to monitor screen time usage and content to make sure it is appropriate.  The monitoring of electronic usage only becomes more important as children grow older and engage in social media.  It is important to set the parameters and the rules around good media habits when children are young.

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Utilizing media headphones for flights

I personally believe there are advantages of technology and media.  Schools are moving to include more technology in the classroom.  Homework is done on the computer and can be tailored to children’s strengths and needs.  Our children growing up in this media age seem to be born with the ability to use tablets, computers, and other electronic media.  My kids, after the age of 2, love watching television and now as they get older like to play video games.  Educational programming and the educational apps make learning fun and allows access to other ways of learning.  Conversely youth can become inactive learners in front of a screen.  They can become obsessed with games that encourage them to log in day after day during certain times.

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Conversation break during screen time

In our family, media is very much a part of our lives but we limit screen time, monitor the types of media that is used, and do not watch adult programming in front of our children.  We limit screen time to an hour.  Screen time is a privilege and it is only allowed after school work and extracurricular activities have been completed.  It takes a back seat to other activities such as sports, art, board games, etc.

American Academy of Pediatrics (2016) has the following recommendations for screen media:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting.  Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs.  Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
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Toddlers taking savvy selfies

Steyer (2002) also has the following guidelines about what parents can do to control the media’s influence on our children:

  • Establish good media habits- watching television should be a privilege not a habit or constant activity.  Set limits, and pay attention to the content
  • Do not put a TV in your child’s room
  • Set a time limit or “no TV week” and stick to it
  • Teach your child to ask permission to use media
  • Watch and listen with your kids—use this as an opportunity to discuss what you like, don’t like and why
  • Set clear rules about media usage with friends or family when your kids go on a playdate
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QACP’s Parent Educator:  Jamie Cho, PhD

For more information, check out these sources:

http://www.aap.org

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/article-faq.html

Steyer, J.P (2002). The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children. Atria Books: New York, NY.

Kiddo Podcasts: Intel from a QACP 3s Class Mom

 

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Hi Fellow QACP Families,

I wanted to share a quick blurb about the various *new-ish* podcasts we’ve been listening to at our house!

During the lull of summer, while desperately trying to find things to keep my child/children entertained, I stumbled across this blog post from “Dirt and Boogers” (click on link to read the article).

The author’s children are a bit older than my 3-year-old preschooler and 3-month-old infant but, since I love to listen to my own set of podcasts, I thought these might be fun for Oliver (currently in QACP’s 3s Class) to try.

We downloaded a few of the items from “Stories Podcast” and they were an instant hit. The Three Little Pigs story is one of Ollie’s favorites.  After that we tried “Wow in the World’s” episode on flatworms and he was delighted to learn that they eat and poop through the same tube.

Gross but informative, right?  My son begged to listen to the same episode over and over until he had absorbed all the new information, giggling hysterically every time the host explained just how the Planarian Flatworm did its business.

The best thing about these podcasts is that they have become a substitute for our screen time, replacing the endless requests for “Paw Patrol” and PBS Kids programming.  If you have a smart phone, one can easily download them there and even play podcasts through any blue-tooth speaker.

I’m looking forward to trying some of the other podcasts out there and introducing my children to more science, history, and literature told in kid-friendly terms that even I enjoy listening to.

Cheers!

Emily Keller, QACP 3s Class Mom

Welcome Back, QACP: Letters from our 2017/18 Teachers & Co-Chairs

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Dear QACP Families,

Welcome to the start of our 2017-2018 preschool year.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of the new parents and children and to re-connecting with returning families.  This year will be bittersweet for me as it will be my 32nd and last year sharing in the lives of so many amazing preschoolers.  When I first came to QACP I taught all of the younger classes (tots, 2’s and 3’s) then in my second year I began teaching all of the classes.  At that time, the oldest class was called the 4’s class (currently called Pre-K) and those children are now in their mid-thirties!  I can’t quite wrap my mind around that fact, but it has been a wonderful journey and I’m really going to cherish this last year with all of you.

–Teacher Linda

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Hello Queen Anne Co-op Preschool Families,

The QACP board is pleased to announce the hiring of Nanci Murphy as a new Teacher.  Nanci has 8 years experience as an elementary school teacher and was an active QACP parent and board member for nine years.  She is very excited to again be a part of our co-op community and to guide our children in discovery.

For the 2017-18 school year, Teacher Nanci will work Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Teacher Linda will work Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The class teaching schedule is as follows:

Tots I – Teacher Linda, Tots II – Teacher Nanci, Twos – Teacher Linda, Threes – Teacher Nanci, and Pre-K – Teacher Nanci/Teacher Linda

We are excited for Nanci to join us and know she will be a valuable addition to our school.  Please help us give her a warm QACP welcome!

Sincerely,

Emily Keller and Casey Held

Board Co-Chairs, Queen Anne Co-op Preschool

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Hello Families!

I am so excited to rejoin QACP.  Our family was involved with this coop for nine years from 2002-2011. We loved our time at the coop.   My three daughters and I enjoyed the daily class activities.  My husband liked hearing stories, being a part of the community, and trying to figure out class when he would substitute. We all benefited from the community and appreciated the opportunity to get to know the children in the school.  My children remain friends with and are in school with many of their preschool companions. You are in a special place.  I am happy to be a part of this community again and look forward to helping your children make discoveries and gain skills.  I also hope to teach parents some new songs and share ideas as we work together to make this a great year!

–Teacher Nanci

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