Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What Does Screen Time for Children Look Like in Theory and in Practice?

Many Wisconsin public librarians are familiar with Dr. Dipesh Navsaria from his captivating and scientific presentations about early literacy.  Dr. Navsaria will expand on his familiar "Books Build Better Brains" presentation at the 2014 Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium to discuss the role of screen time in the lives of young children.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, "Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens."  

What does this mean for our role as librarians?  Join us at the early literacy symposium to discuss how books, screens, and physical spaces encourage literacy development in relationships between young children and their caregivers.

(Photo Credit: Sarah Rose Smiley,

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He practices primary care pediatrics at Access Community Health Center. He is also the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin, and is also the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. With respect to education, Dr Navsaria is the director of advocacy training for the pediatric residency, and is frequently involved in medical student and physician assistant education from the clinical arena through myriad small group and lecture formats. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Pediatric Interest Group. Most recently, he has been named the director of the MD-MPH program at the University of Wisconsin. (Read more about Dr. Navsaria).