The unprecedented parenting challenges of our day

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Never before have parents had to "deliberately and consciously counter many of the dominant messages of their own culture." (A synopsis of a Must Read article for all parents of small children) One day, Gloria DeGaetano found herself with two … [Read more...]

Questions about tablet computers, or iPads, in schools

Update Aug 21: See part two here. This concept of having tablet computers for every student in a grade or an entire school is one that I've been wondering about. And now that my own school is considering having iPads for every ninth grader, I've … [Read more...]

What can I do to help protect all children from harmful media messages?

Kids need freedom to explore on their own

I spent last weekend at a conference full of energetic and committed people working to protect children from corporate marketing practices that harm children’s health and well-being for profit.  It was the 8th international Consuming Kids Summit in … [Read more...]

Time to learn how to create your own video games

PD produces a video game at Khan Academy

I told my 13-year-old son, PD, that if he was going to spend so much time playing video games, then he would have to learn how to program his own games. Because if there is one thing I have learned over two years of writing about the subject, Media … [Read more...]

What are the messages of our violent media culture?

Call of Duty, popular first person shooter video game among youth

In case you are confused by comments in the media this week: There is in fact no doubt about whether media violence contributes to real life violence and aggression, such as that seen in Newtown a few days ago. The preponderance of evidence, and … [Read more...]

Vote today in the bad toy contest

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It’s the TOADY. I do enjoy this annual contest, to select the worst toy of the year, as a counterpoint to the Toy of the Year award – the TOTY – which is sponsored by the toy industry. Sometimes the choices in both contests are strikingly … [Read more...]

Screen time, Media Literacy and the preschool set

For young children, hands-on creative play is more important than screen time of any kind.

According to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, estimates of how much time preschoolers spend on average with screen media range from at least 2.2 hours to as much as 4.6 hours per day. That’s a lot. Today, I am alerting teachers and … [Read more...]

The ongoing great digital experiment on the brain development of children

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Recently, two organizations surveyed teachers to learn their opinions of how digital technologies and media are effecting students, both academically and socially. The results were fascinating and if you have the time, take a look at the reports, … [Read more...]

Research on children, youth and television

Monster High has been called out for portrayals of bullying

Catching you up on several important recent studies: Monster High has been called out for bullying Portrayals of bullying on children's television is shockingly high A study published in the Journal of Communication looking at … [Read more...]

Screen-free Week: It won’t be easy

Screen-free Week: It won't be easy

It's Screen-Free Week, but it won't be easy to avoid them, with screens proliferating in our environment. Here are some of the places I've spotted screens over the past year. Inside a TaxiAirplaneGas stationGrocery checkoutDinerShopping Mall Nail … [Read more...]

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