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Screen time can actually be good for some kids

Not all screen time is bad for kids, and some of it can be really helpful at getting them ready for school. (Photo: KOMO News)

With televisions, computers and smart phones in every house, screen time often gets a bad rap.

But, not all screen time is bad for kids, and some of it can be really helpful at getting them ready for school.

We're talking about some of the youngest students - those in kindergarten and early elementary.

Experts say don't be so quick to shut down screen time. What's more important than the amount of time is what your kids are getting out of it.

For younger children: educational apps like word games and puzzles can help expand vocabulary and math skills.

Those skills are reinforced when you get involved.

"The game itself is probably going to help them prep, like a math or literacy game, they're practicing those skills," said Sara Dewitt, Vice President of PBS Digital. "But if after they play the game, they have to talk to their parents about what they did, that's also building those literacy skills, building critical thinking."

There's another benefit to talking with your kids about the various media they use.

Experts say it helps your kids become comfortable talking about what they're seeing, hearing, and learning online with authority figures, which can be important when it comes to online safety.

Speaking of online safety, if you're looking for age-appropriate digital material for your kids - like online apps or games that can help them learn - check out the website: common sense media.


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