If you have preschoolers in your family, check out
, appearing in The Atlantic. The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
Written by , the eye-opening article describes how the Adrienne LaFrance app works as well as the experiences of 21st Century preschool children who use it. The author also shares thoughts about the app (though not endorsements) from academics including Michael Rich, who directs the YouTube Kids at Harvard Medical School and Sandra Calvert, who heads up the Center on Media and Child Health at Georgetown University. Children’s Digital Media Center
It appears that many older toddlers and preschool kids spend a considerable amount of time with YouTube Kids. They love the app, and the article in The Atlantic details many of the reasons why.
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Yesterday I that described the updated wrote about a newspaper article media recommendations for children under two years of age. Here’s the direct link to the updated policy statement, American Academy of Pediatrics from the journal Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years . The entire document is easily accessible and free, about four pages of reading plus footnotes. Pediatrics
A Few Quotes from the Document
The educational merit of media for children younger than 2 years remains unproven despite the fact that three-quarters of the top-selling infant videos make explicit or implicit educational claims.