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Over the many years I’ve worked as a childcare educator, I’ve seen a lot of change in how we do things and in the family unit. Being of an age where I knew life before the likes of mobile phones, computers and other devices, I’m often concerned with the impacts of technology on infant development in this modern, fast-paced world of ours!
Increasingly I’m seeing the impacts of technology on infant development in a generation of children who expect to be entertained and who are clearly lacking creative imagination. This is of course hardly surprising when so many are raised from their beginnings knowing little more than instant gratification and a dopamine hit from pressing a button or viewing content.
I was thrilled this week to speak with Melissa Lowry, who has worked in the education space over many years, working with students, teachers, administrators and parents. She currently serves as the Principal of Christ the King school, a kindergarten through eighth grade school in Atlanta, Georgia.
You’ll hear Melissa and I chat about the impacts of technology on infant development and there’s some great tips and insights shared from Melissa’s wealth of knowledge and experience. You’ll hear about:-
- The importance of keeping young children off of technology and media for their first 24 months.
- Why it’s better for sensory awareness and development to avoid using earphones which block out all sounds around them.
- Why when exposing them to media it is crucial to ensure that it is only active (also known as slow) media, where there’s an expectation of engagement.
And much more!
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Links Mentioned in the Episode
- Melissa Lowry Education Coaching website.
- Christ the King School (Melissa is the school principal).
- Melissa Lowry on Linkedin.
- Melissa Lowry on Instagram.
About Melissa Lowry
Melissa Lowry is an enthusiastic and passionate educator with over 20 years of experience working with students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
She currently serves as the Principal of Christ the King, a K-8 Catholic School in Buckhead, GA. She also served as a Curriculum Director and has taught a variety of age groups starting with early childhood through 8th grade.
Melissa is the founder of Melissa Lowry Education Coaching, a consulting firm that specializes in helping parents and educators build and maintain strong home-school relationships. She is also the co-author of Answer Keys: Teachers’ Lesson Plans for Successful Parenting (Bright Sky Press), and presents at workshops and conferences. Her work and commentary have been featured online, in print, and on the airwaves.