I have been discussing the role of technology in the lives
of working mothers quite a bit lately. I’ll likely have a few more posts about
the topic because it is both vast and fascinating. In many ways it is the most
perfect contradiction. Technology was designed to make our lives easier, but it
can be seductive to the point of distraction and can be misused. The same can
be said about the use of technology by our kids.
|Me and show host, Angela Santomero|
If you believe the advertisements, technology can simplify our lives and our parenting. However, how can any parent feel confident that they’re using it effectively?
- Have you ever felt guilty about using the television or iPad as a babysitter that helps to occupy your child while you clean your house, talk on the phone or do work from home?
- Have you ever used technology to teach your child things that you have neglected to teach them yourself like how to count, colors, or how to use the potty?
- Have you wondered how to balance the benefits of technology use by children with what you have heard to be the detriments of technology?
- And how do you even know what to do when all around you are advertisements trying to convince you that they can “teach your baby to read” and if your child doesn’t know how to use technology she’ll be left behind forever?
WQED, a PBS member television station that is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, understands the concerns that parents have about this complicated topic. For that reason, they decided to discuss it on iQ: SmartParent. I am honored to be affiliated with WQED iQ:SmartParent . The iQ: SmartParent is focused on helping us parent better in theses changing times called the 21st Century. As a working mom I am particularly interested in this program. With all of my responsibilities, I don't have time to research everything myself. So, I value these programs, created by the same station that produced "Mister Rodgers Neighborhood", that help me become a better parent.
iQ: SmartParent Show Details
- Tune into WQED on Channel 9 Comcast in Pittsburgh at 3:00 PM Sunday, 10/27/13 to get educated and to see me!
Today, iQ: SmartParent is discussing, Tots + Tech. What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens? They’re discussing current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer parents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.
Once again, WQED will feature host Angela Santomero, creator of Blue’s Clues, Super Why, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Guests include Lisa Guernsey, author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media - From Baby Videos to Educational Software - Affects Your Young Child; Michael Robb, Director of Education and Research at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media; and Deborah Linebarger, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Iowa and noted researcher on young children and media. Also with Deborah Gilboa, MD, parenting expert of AskDoctorG.com. The episode also features content from Common Sense Media, a lead partner in the iQ: SmartParent series.