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LEAPS is funded by the Queensland Government and is delivered in Queensland via a partnership between QUT, NAQ & ACHPER QLD.
The Get Up and Grow Guidelines recommend that children aged 2-5 years should limit screen time to less than one hour per day, but how does this work in today’s society when technology is changing daily? This seminar took an intimate look at the concept of screen time in early childhood education and care settings with 4 presenters providing different perspectives on the issue followed by a panel discussion with questions from the audience.
LEAPS is a free professional development program and support service based on the Get Up & Grow Guidelines available to early childhood educators across Queensland. The project is a joint venture between Queensland University of Technology, NAQ Nutrition, and the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Queensland Branch and is funded by the Queensland Government.
Dr Michael Dezuanni is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the field of digital cultures and education, which includes film and media education, digital literacies and Arts education. He is the Deputy Director of QUT’s Children and Youth Research Centre and has previously been involved in research into digital media and literacy education in low socioeconomic status community kindergartens.
Professor Stewart Trost’s research interests include measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, psychosocial and environmental correlates of physical activity behaviour, and community-based interventions to promote physical activity and prevent obesity in children and youth. Stewart was a member of the scientific committee for drafting physical activity and screen time recommendations for Australian children under five years of age.
Professor Susan Danby areas of expertise are in early years language and social interaction, childhood studies, and early literacy. Susan has also been involved in numerous studies related to screen time including investigating mobile technologies in young children’s everyday worlds as well as interacting with knowledge, interacting with people: web searching in early childhood.
Ms Hartog is Director & Teacher at C&K Oakleigh Community Kindergarten in Ashgrove. Ms Hartog shares her viewpoint on screen time and physical activity from a practitioners perspective.