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FCS 2292 The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliation. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Larry R. Arrington, Dean Making Good Decisions: Television and Young Childrens Learning, A Parent Tip Sheet1 David C. Diehl and Stephanie C. Toelle2 How Children Learn
Parent Tip Sheet: Television and Young Childrens Learning page 2 December 2008 Key Findings from Research1 Television viewing s hould b e l imited Children can benefi t from educational television. Educational television can contribute to learning in a variety of ways. Very young children (0-2) do not seem to benefit from television: Television may also interfere with childrens learning. Research has identified several childrens programs that are educational. What Parents Can Do2 Keep the television and computer out of childrens rooms. Set rules and boundaries. Create family alternatives to television time. Choose positive programs that provide lea r ning opportunities for children. Start creating strong learning habits early.
Parent Tip Sheet: Television and Young Childrens Learning page 3 December 2008 Emphasize learning in all aspects of life, not just television. Internet Resources for Parents American Academy of Pediatrics Media Matters Born Learning Center for Media Literacy Center on Media and Child Health Coalition for Quality Childrens Media Common Sense Media MediaWise Parenting 24/7 PBS Children and Media site PBS Kids Solutions for your Life
Parent Tip Sheet: Television and Young Childrens Learning page 4 December 2008