Nursery World recently ran an interview with Dr Alvaro Bilbao, who has published Understanding Your Child’s Brain, which recommends parents ration or not allow screen time for children under six. Among the author’s comments are the following points:
- People are designed to learn through human interaction and brain connectivity reduces when children play with video games and increases when they are reading a book or playing with peers.
- He has seen children who love drawing or playing with regular toys start to lose interest in that kind of play when devices are given to them.
- Children can use screens in order to learn and for entertainment. He does not think it is positive before the age of six, but he recommends children use technology in many different ways.
- Studies have shown that children learn best from physical books. However, we must understand times are changing.
Click here to read the interview.