Screen Time and the Early Years

Published on 6 February 2018

Screens & the early years

The City of Kalamunda early years network, Zig Zag Early Years, is inviting residents to come along and hear from experts Professor Leon Straker and Professor Donna Cross on the emerging themes in technology and young children.

Screens & the Early Years – Raising Children in the Digital Age will be held on Tuesday 20 February from 6:30pm at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.

Mayor John Giardina said, “Many of us have children and grand children who have advanced knowledge and understanding of technology.”

“It is important, we as parents, carers and educators have a good handle on the use of technology, and its potential impacts – both positive and negative, on our young people. Screen time has certainly became a hot topic with many local families. ”

Screen time is the amount of time spent using a device such as a tablet, phone, computer, television, or games console. Growing up in digital world, children today are often curious, confident and capable users of technology, immersed in screen time more than ever before.

But what impact does screen time have on the physical and mental development of children? What can we as parents, carers and educators do to support those aged 0-8 to use technology in a healthy way? And can we use today’s technology to assist children to develop and learn?

These questions and more will be explored at the Zig Zag Early Years Partnership’s Screens & the Early Years event, presented by Professor Donna Cross from the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor Leon Straker from Curtin University.

Both presenters will share the latest research findings on screen time and the early years, equipping parents, carers and educators with the knowledge and tools to create opportunities for children to use technology in way that supports their growth and ability to learn.

Professor Leon Straker has been researching the physical impact of technology use by children since the late 1990s, looking at electronic gaming and computer use in primary school children and more recently mobile touch-screen device use by 3-4 year olds.

Professor Donna Cross recently completed a Churchill Scholarship in the US where she investigated how technology is affecting the way children develop and learn. At this event Professor Cross will discuss her findings, revealing the one big no no in relation to early learning and the introduction of technology, and the importance of play as a foundation for learning.

This event will include a question and answer session, and the opportunity to network with other attendees over free tea, coffee and refreshments after the talk.

The Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre is located at 48 Canning Road in Kalamunda.

This event is proudly presented by the Zig Zag Early Years Partnership, the City of Kalamunda’s Early Years Network. For more information call 9257 9999.

Tickets: $5 - includes refreshments.


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