You may have seen our posts highlighting apps for kids or seen our dragon computers featuring all sorts of educational games. But do you wonder whether your child is old enough to have screen time? Daniel Boone Regional Library recently created a “Tech Tips” wallet-sized card just for you. These tips reflect the most up-to-date guidance from early childhood professionals for ages 2-5. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for kids younger than 2.)
- Limit screen time to 15-20 minutes a day, and stick to it.
- Teach your child to ask you whether it’s OK to turn on a device.
- Be aware of what your child will be doing on the device.
- Select activities and apps that encourage creativity, collaboration and discovery.
- Encourage your child to record a story or song, take pictures or draw.
- Look for apps that support your child’s interests.
- While your child is using a device, be actively involved with him or her.
- With eBooks, explore the technology first, then your child can focus on the book.
- Don’t keep TVs, computers and electronic devices in your young child’s bedroom.
- Lead by example. Don’t spend big chunks of your time on your devices.
You have probably already heard that it is never too early to start reading aloud to your child. Sometimes we field questions about what the age minimum is for summer reading, obtaining one of our library cards, etc. The answer? There really isn’t one. Birth, in utero, we aren’t picky. Literally, never too early. We mean it. That is because the sooner children are read to, then the easier their transition to reading independently will be.
“But, Random-Library-Lady-Writing-This-Blog-Post,” you’re thinking, “my brand new bouncing baby, while perfect in every way, won’t even be able to recognize a blurry version of MY FACE (you know, me, the one who gave them life?) until around three months; how can it possibly be helpful to read books to a newborn?” Continue reading
This summer you are likely to see us out and about sharing library information and services at community gatherings. On June 14 stop by to say hi at either one of these events.
Safe Kids Discovery Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital’s carnival-style safety event. Free activities include:
- Exploring a fire truck.
- Bicycle helmet fittings.
- Local stage entertainment.
- Free lunch.
- Hourly prizes and booth giveaways.
- Summer Reading sign-ups.
Located at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the Pavilion Parking Lot, 404 Keene Street, Columbia. See you there!
Hello, Baby Expo from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center, 2200 Interstate 70.
At the Hello, Baby Expo you can: Continue reading