Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Friday, May 22 • 10:00am - 11:13am
F08 - Rethinking Screentime: Apps, Parents, and Families LIMITED

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Evidence-based library practice is not so simple when the research is just emerging. For years we’ve advised families to limit children’s screen time, based on guidelines rooted in television research. Today’s touchscreen devices provide very different opportunities for families. These devices are so new, we don’t yet have a body of research to support best practices, leaving families with conflicting messages about appropriate media use.  At VPL, we developed programs about using touchscreen apps to support children in developing early literacy skills, and in creating, interacting, and learning. Apps for Your Little Ones and Apps for Your School-Age Kid are programs for parents and caregivers focusing on how to use apps. Instead of a list of recommended apps, we walk parents through the practical aspects of sharing or encouraging positive app use. We talk about apps in the context of family activities - how they can be tools for early literacy and facilitate creativity. We show how apps can have a role in talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with children, and how apps can give older children opportunities to create, socialise, and discover. We will describe the rational, content, and practical aspects of these programs, our experiences delivering them to different communities, and the lessons we learned. We will demo some of the apps we explored with our parents. We will give you the materials to take and adapt this program for your community. Let’s look beyond outdated media guidelines and ask how our families are really using technology.


Francesca de Freitas

Francesca de Freitas is a Children's Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library. As a librarian, mother to two experiments in perpetual motion, and an escaped web developer, Francesca delights in sharing the wondrous world of stories available to children - in all its forms - including... Read More →

Lindsey Krabbenhoft

Lindsey Krabbenhoft is an auxiliary Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library. She also runs a storytime YouTube channel and blog called Jbrary with her friend Dana. She tweets on the regular about librarianship, apps, and her 3-year-old niece at @lmkrabbenhoft.


Friday May 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:13am PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 3 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Library Services Centre