It’s common to see young children navigate an iPad with the same ease as a teenager—but how much screen exposure is safe for kids?

This year’s Brain Series will focus on providing parents and caregivers with a framework to help guide children’s media experience. The free event will be held on Thursday, April 30, 7-9 p.m., at Bates Technical College’s South Campus, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma.

Director of the Outreach and Education division at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle will discuss the topic of media exposure through a presentation surrounding screen media use among young children. She’ll focus on how, when and what preschool-age children learn from screens, and she’ll offer resources and guidelines to help you make decisions about screen use for your family.

This year’s Brain Series marks the 18th year Bates’ Child Studies department has brought experts in the field of child development to Pierce County for a two-hour seminar, open to the public. The event coincides with the annual Scholastic Book Fair, held in the same location, April 30 through May 2. Learn more about the book fair on the college’s Facebook page.

The Pierce County Public Library System, KBTC Public Television, and the Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children generously sponsor the Brain Series.

For more information, call 253.680.7500 or visit www. bates.ctc.edu/BrainSeries.

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