About Digital Media and Learning

The Fred Rogers Center recognizes the prevalence and tremendous power of digital media and technology in the lives of children, families, and educators. Used effectively, they can enhance children’s cognitive and social abilities, and can be incredibly useful tools for parents and educators. The Center is dedicated to helping children and adults thrive in the digital age, and ensuring that technology use complements children’s social interactions, play, and other activities with the caring friends and family in their lives.

 

In 2012, the Fred Rogers Center, in partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, released a position statement, Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Program Serving Children From Birth through Age 8, which provided research-based guidance to early childhood programs and educators on effective uses of media and technology.

 

It is our position that:

technology and interactive media are tools that can promote effective learning and development when used intentionally by early childhood educators, within the framework of developmentally appropriate practice, to support learning goals established for individual children.

We continue to put the key messages of the position statement into practice with our Digital Media and Learning (DML) efforts addressing knowledge gaps, access and equity, workforce professionalization, and best practices around digital media literacy.

 

We are focused on:

  • collecting and reporting on research on effective digital media practices in early childhood education,
  • creating and implementing professional development based on the needs of early childhood educators,
  • developing tools and resources for the appropriate use of technology in early childhood settings, and
  • establishing community-based partnerships to support technology access, professional development, and mentoring.