Longitudinal study shows Media Literacy is a key tool in youth violence prevention

In the curriculum, students deconstruct images such as those on video game packaging

Today, some very positive and exciting news that I've been keeping from you for too long. A University of California at Los Angeles study found that Media Literacy is an effective approach to youth violence prevention and to reducing other negatives … [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...]

Save the world with video games?

JaneMcGonigal

Ever since PD started learning to program, he's been planning his video game company. This weekend, I told PD I wanted to watch a talk about video games with him, but he was reluctant, saying "It's just going to say video games are terrible." And I … [Read more...]

M-rated video games cross-promoted with children’s building toys

megabloks1

If Halo is rated M for mature game players only, then why the cross-promotion with Megabloks, intended for ages "8 and up"? Please watch this promotional video (or see screenshots below). Please note that the video includes the Xbox logo. How … [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

cell phone monkey

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...]

The ongoing great digital experiment on the brain development of children

Going to school

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...]

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