Issues around the World

Scrolling through the Child Research Net website, I came across a topic that I wrote about years ago; early childhood and media usage.  In light of the current usage of media in early childhood due to remote or hybrid learning, I thought it might be worth a look.  This symposium provided an opportunity for researchers and general participants in the hope of exploring the potential use media usage in childcare facilities. In the discussion, professionals, health administrators and child advocacy groups expressed concerns on issues such as obesity proposed that noninteractive media not be used in early childhood programs.

However, Wainwright and Linebarger (2006) “concluded that while critics have issued many warnings against television and computers and their negative effects on children’s learning, the most logical conclusion to be drawn from the existing scholarly literature is that it is the educational content that matters—not the format in which it is presented” (Wainwright & Linebarger 2006 as cited in NAEYC, 2012). Working with early childhood remote learners, I have noticed that early learners do not want to engage in school work using this format, and parents from home are having a hard time managing their responsibilities whilst trying to keep their early learners engaged in class work.

Technology has been filtering in to the educational model as this mode opens up opportunities for cognitive and linguistic development, and has the potential to tap into social and emotional development.

Aside from this self interested topic, Child Research Net provides up to date information on the trending topics related to children. It invites child advocates to take part in projects, and open forums and conferences.  The site is forward moving addressing many issues from different parts of the world, and is inclusive of the various sectors that maintain the interest in the development of children.

Source:

Child Research Net, https://www.childresearch.net/events/

NAEYC, https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/topics/PS_technology_WEB.pdf

Published by emijg1015

I began my road to profession during my high school years. I started at a day care center. During my stead, I pursued my love for hospitality and enrolled at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts program. Since then, I dedicated a good portion of time in the food and beverage industry. I was always too happy to work and be engaged in every aspect, including doing dishes and mopping to bathrooms and trash. I learned early on that hard work and dedication defined who I was, who I am, and who I will be. During a time of temporary relocation I took on a role as Case Manager for a mostly Hispanic community. Here I fell in love with psychology. Soon after going back home I enrolled in the Psychology program at Argosy University in Sarasota Florida. I applied much of what I learned to how I performed my duties, how I made hiring choices, and more importantly, how to be. On the home front, I applied what I learned when engaging with my family and friends, and in doing so, I have been privileged to inspire my grandchildren to grow up with curiosity and a deep love for adventure. My family is my ultimate love, and my grandkids are my greatest motivators for wanting to pursue an educational path that allows me the opportunity to inspire a young mind. Taking a moment to reflect, I have come full circle. Evaluating the things that I have done, and the strides I have made towards positive professional growth, I return to the place where it all began, school and child care.

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