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Children and Media Use

Here's What Happened When I Asked My Students to Call Instead of Text

Julie Dobrow | Posted 10.08.2015 | Media
Julie Dobrow

I asked a group of my students to try the Birdwhistell/Goffman experiment a la 2015: for one day, instead of texting the messages they normally would send to their family and friends and classmates, they should call.

How Much 'Screen Time' Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Understandably parents want, and need, immediate guidance on how to raise happy and healthy kids, yet rigorous scientific studies of how technology affects the development of young children typically take many years to complete. With technology still in its infancy there is no easy answer to the question of "how much."

Outside of the (Media) Box: Music and Kids' Imagination

Julie Dobrow | Posted 02.13.2015 | Arts
Julie Dobrow

More than four decades since I sat in Bolgen's classroom drawing pictures of the music she played, I'm still thinking about the connections between music and imagination. As an academic, I'm glad to know there's research that helps to explain this.

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics

Julie Dobrow | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

If it seems like robots are everywhere today, that's because they are. Less well-known but well-worth knowing is some of the fascinating new research that uses robots and robotics to teach children about technology and a variety of educational concepts.

'Watching Television' Means Something Different for Today's Kids

Julie Dobrow | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Julie Dobrow

There seems no question that for young people who have all of these different platforms as viewing options, "watching television" is starting to mean different things. And with all of these different ways of consuming televisual content, today's parents and caregivers are presented with some new sets of challenges.

Learning from Arthur: New Research on Anti-bullying Awareness

Julie Dobrow | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

As the platform of broadcast television continues to be melded with interactive platforms like graphic novels, it becomes ever more important to design research that will explore whether educational messages can be more powerfully reinforced.

Toddlers and Tablets

Julie Dobrow | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

There is a lot of potential for toddlers using tablets. But, there's still a lot more that we need to learn. There's a lot more that we don't yet know than what we do. Research about this topic is just as young as the kids it is studying.

How Cell Phone Use Is Destroying Your Kids' Short-Term Memory

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

As we continue our chat, there is visible tension in his jawline and his stare is more vacant. He's suppressing the urge to glance at his phone, but he can't stop himself from thinking about it. He's looking at me, he's responding to what I'm saying, but it's not him. I've already lost him.

The Habits of Highly Successful Families

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.25.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

The Learning Habit Study looks at a myriad of different factors, including parenting styles, academic achievement, emotional features, communication methods and family interactions. The goal is not to condemn media use, but rather to start a conversation about finding balance.

Click Here If You Want Science To Help You Control Your Kids Tech Use

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.03.2013 | Parents

As technology become more omnipresent and complicated, so do parents' questions about what all these devices are doing to their kids. Scientists are a...