Extending the Global Dialogue About Media, Technology, Screen Time, and Young Children

Academic Article


  • Questions about the potential benefits and dangers of media and technology use abound, with competing theories regarding its effects among young children. This article explores global perspectives on children's exposure to media, technology, and screen time (MeTS) in the schools, homes, and communities of an increasingly technology-driven world. The authors take a critically reflective approach by presenting competing narratives about the relationship of MeTS to the teaching, learning, and development of young children from around the world. The objective is to stimulate dialogue and create awareness about this issue in order to mobilize local decisions about MeTS. Given the undeniable exposure of young children to media and technology in their daily lives, this article recommends careful consideration and understanding of the potential benefits and concerns related to MeTS as educators guide children toward the positive aspects of technology and media use.
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    Author List

  • Ernest JM; Causey C; Newton AB; Sharkins K; Summerlin J; Albaiz N
  • Start Page

  • 182
  • End Page

  • 191
  • Volume

  • 90
  • Issue

  • 3