This recent Ted talk by Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt, is inspired and inspiring. As she discusses the need to harness the power of technology as a positive in children’s lives and give parents strategies to make the most of screen time at home, she cites examples and studies of PBS KIDS programs like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
In her talk, 3 fears about screen time for kids — and why they’re not true,
Sara addresses three common fears parents have about screens:
1) Screens are passive and will keep our kids from getting up and moving.
2) Playing games on screens is waste of time and distract kids from education.
3) These screens isolate parents from their children.
To find digital resources for classroom and home at PBS LearningMedia, where you can go to search the title of any PBS KIDS program. At PBS KIDS Lab you’ll also find collections of digital games that you can browse by age, skill, platform and more.
Sara’s talk is also available here: go.ted.com/saradewitt.