How Toys Impact Children’s Development

Michael Jayne shares his findings about how toys can impact a child’s development and why we might want to put a bit more thought into the toys we purchase and give our children.

Considering the amount of time children spend playing with toys, it seems strange that so little attention has been drawn to their contribution to development. It is even more surprising that the apparent disparity between girls’ and boys’ cognitive abilities in later years lasting into adulthood, especially concerning boys’ average higher aptitude for spatial and mathematical tasks or girls’ talent for empathy and language, has not been linked to the dualistic, gendered nature of children’s toys and the media.
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10 Reasons To Ban Handheld Devices for Children under 12

Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist calls on parents, teachers, and government to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.

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This is anedited list for more references and information please refer to the original article.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, causing escalating usage, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). Following are ten research evidenced reasons for this ban. Please visit to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research. Read more about 10 Reasons To Ban Handheld Devices for Children under 12

Dr. Laura Markham on Preschoolers & TV

Dr. Laura Markham has an excellent parenting site called If you haven’t already heard about it or read any of her articles I highly recommend them for wonderful parenting advice. Below I have copied the first section of her article discussing Toddlers & Preschoolers using television and computers.

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Gordon Neufeld on Raising Children in a Digital World

Developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld discusses how parents can prepare children to live and thrive in the digital world at the KMT Child Development and Community Conference in Toronto. This is quite possibly one of the most important lectures of our time. This is NOT about media and technology being inherently bad or wrong. It is about balance and developmental readiness. It is about what is best for our children’s hearts and minds.

15 ideas to get kids playing outdoors

Kids are playing more video games than ever before. Whether it’s on a pricey game console or on the computer, kids as young as three years old are playing video games. Sure, some may have educational lessons, but the vast majority are for mere fun and suck away the hours on a summer day. Get your kid outside and moving with these tips to get them away from video games.

Low Tech Learning

Waldorf students just say no to HTML and PowerPoint to take a hands-on approach to learning.
“Our children may not be the programmers of the future, the testers of the computers,” said parent Monica Prince, “but they will be – I feel like they will be – the CEOs.”
Waldorf’s philosophy is a stark contrast to many other schools that integrate computers and even iPods into learning as early as kindergarten.

So what do education experts think of Waldorf’s low-tech approach?
“The research shows that as long as students are engaged and engaged in inquiry, they’re learning with or without that particular technology,” said Joanna Goode at the University of Oregon School of Education.