A parent’s guide to navigating screen time and technology

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In a society flooded with choices in technology and apps for children, it’s hard for parents to know what may be best for their child. On Thursday 30 July, Dr Kate Highfield from the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University will share key tips with parents on choosing high quality, developmentally appropriate technology and apps for children at Gowrie NSW’s seminar for parents.

Dr Highfield, who researches the impact of technology as a tool in learning and play, says that getting the balance right isn’t always easy.

‘Playgrounds are changing. The parks, seesaws and slippery dips of my childhood have made way for a new playground built of devices and apps. These new, digital playgrounds are always changing and this can be bewildering to parents. Through educating parents, I hope to enable them to navigate the new playground, guide their children in their play and share their joys as they discover everything the digital world has to offer.’

Dr Highfield’s current research explores young children's learning and play with technology, with a focus on touch technologies, including mobile devices, tablets, iPads and smartphones.

Parents are asked to bring their mobile device along to this evening for hands-on learning.

The talk is part of Gowrie NSW’s parenting series. A leader in early childhood for over 70 years, Gowrie NSW provides high quality early childhood education and care, professional learning for early childhood educators and parent and family support.

Seminar: A Parent’s Guide Navigating Screen time and Technology
Date: Thursday 30th July, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue: Gowrie NSW, Elliott Ave, Erskineville
Presenter: Dr Kate Highfield
Cost: $30
Book: Online at www.gowriensw.com.au > parenting series

 

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