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Revisiting the Early Use of Technology: A Critical Shift from "How Young Is Too Young?" to "How Much Is 'Just Right'?"
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Dimensions of Early Childhood Volume 42, Number 1, ISSN 1068-6177

Abstract

The conversation about young children and their use of technology has dramatically changed over the past ten years in the early childhood education community and in the general public. It appears the debate has moved forward from the question posed by Vail (2001) in her article titled, "How Young Is Too Young? When It Comes to Computer Use, Reasonable People Disagree." Cautions about technology use with young children provide important guidance (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011), but it is also evident that technology use with young children is expanding rapidly (Kaiser Foundation, 2010). Therefore, the more important question for educators to ask and answer should be, "How much technology use by young children is 'just right'?" Much as Goldilocks went through trial and error finding the porridge, chair, and bed that was "just right," it may be some time before the answer to this question is clearly agreed upon. Using knowledge about appropriate practices with young children will help guide the search for these important answers.

Citation

Lentz, C.L., Seo, K.K.J. & Gruner, B. (2014). Revisiting the Early Use of Technology: A Critical Shift from "How Young Is Too Young?" to "How Much Is 'Just Right'?". Dimensions of Early Childhood, 42(1), 15-23. Retrieved September 15, 2019 from .

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