“What can I do while I wait? I know, I will Twitter,” Passmore said.
Jan Strandling, Play School’s executive producer, said online tools were becoming more relevant to preschoolers.
Young children were becoming so tech-savvy that Play School now had iPhone apps and online games for under-fives, Strandling said.
“Play School has been around for 46 years and in that time it’s always reflected the changing world around us through imaginative play,” she told the Herald Sun.
“When you look back at episodes around the time of the moon landing, they dealt with space. In that respect, they are like a time capsule.
“Smart phones, email and cyber technology are becoming increasingly relevant to the preschooler’s world.”
Kate Highfield, an early childhood academic at Macquarie University who is an adviser to Play School, said most children were exposed to Facebook, online games and smart phones before primary school.
“Play School should be applauded for addressing it rather than sticking their heads in the sand,” Highfield said. “And they have addressed this in a playful way that kids are able to understand.”Do you have an idea for a story?
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