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Posted on July 29, 2010

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Worried About Young Children’s Screen Time?  Here’s What You Can Do

CCFC News – July 2010

STAFF WRITER

Did you know 36% of center-based child-care programs include TV, for an average of 1.2 hours a day, and 70% of home-based child-care programs include TV for an average of 3.4 hours per day?  This week, we have an important opportunity to reverse that troubling trend.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is updating its position statement on Technology and Young Children for the first time in 14 years and has issued a call for public comments. Because NAEYC is the nation’s premier professional organization for early childhood educators, the statement will have a profound effect on young children’s media use both in and out of the classroom.

On Monday, CCFC sent a letter signed by 70 leading early childhood educators, pediatricians, and child development experts urging NAEYC to join the American Academy of Pediatrics and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity in taking a strong stand for limiting screen time in the lives of young children.  The letter includes a list of research-based recommendations we hope NAEYC will adopt, including that young children have little or no exposure to screen technologies in child-care, preschool or kindergarten settings.  You can read our letter here.  We are also urging CCFC members to support our recommendations or suggest their own.  For more on what you can do, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/actions/naeyctechandchildren.html.

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