Educational Technology

September 30, 2011

Experts, parents wonder about long-term effects of touch-screen tech

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Warren Buckleitner isn’t surprised that an increasing number of preschool-age children have gravitated to touch-screen technology to read fairy tales or learn about shapes and colors. He’s the editor at Children’s Technology Review, which evaluates digital products designed for kids up to age 15. “I was aware immediately that touch screens could be huge,” says Buckleitner, who lives in New Jersey and is an advisor to the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning at St. Vincent College in Unity. But some child development experts question whether children using touch-screen technology — often before they can walk or read — is a good thing. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children age 2 and younger should not be exposed to extended amounts of screen time, which includes computer touch screens on smartphones and iPads and television and video games.

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