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...]

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

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...]

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...]

Movement to restore playtime

Movement to restore playtime

Children in their natural learning environment!I read this line in a New York Times article last week, and felt sad:"She still remembered her own kindergarten classroom from 1985: it had a sandbox, blocks and toys. But this one had a wall of … [Read more...]