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Children and Media

Oscars May be So White, but So Are Kids' Cartoons

Julie Dobrow | Posted 03.10.2016 | Media
Julie Dobrow

If grownups have grown accustomed to the Whiteness portrayed in most Hollywood products, what does this mean for the children exposed to them?

A Parenting Moment, in Which an iPad and a Text Really Cheese Me Off

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 02.24.2017 | Parents
Amy L. Freeman

I understand that electronic devices are here to stay, and freely admit partaking of them myself. However, I'm kind of tired of battling against their omnipresence in my children's lives, particularly that of my youngest.

An Rx for Screen Time: Pediatricians and Kids' Media Use

Julie Dobrow | Posted 11.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Dobrow

When I heard that the AAP was starting to prepare a set of new recommendations for 2016, I was curious to know whether anything would change. I spoke with Dr. Ari Brown, chair of the AAP Children, Adolescents and Media Leadership Work Group to learn about the directions in which the AAP might go.

Screen Time and Kids: Pediatricians Work on a New Prescription

Diana Graber | Posted 10.01.2016 | Parents
Diana Graber

Research shows that the very young learn best via real life, back-and-forth "talk time." Passive viewing doesn't cut it. Additionally, unstructured offline play stimulates creativity and co-viewing media with children is critical.

Five Things I Love About Research

David Kleeman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Technology
David Kleeman

A good research designer does just the same. At the data gathering stage, that involves identifying what questions need to be asked and in what sequence, establishing a narrative to help those being surveyed to respond with clarity and get meaningful results.

The App Gap: Debating and Rating "Educational" Apps for Kids

Julie Dobrow | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Julie Dobrow

I'm in the grocery store and see a scene I see more and more: a harried young parent hands her phone to the fidgety toddler sitting in the shopping cart. "Here, play Abby Monkey!" says mom.

What Happened to My Son's Memory?

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jackson

I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" nam...

What Happened to My Son's Memory? Science Explains Phenomena Affecting Digital Natives

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jackson

As a parenting expert and author, I'm fortunate enough to work with some of the premiere universities and hospitals currently conducting research on this very subject. So shouldn't I be inoculated against this type of unwelcome infiltration in my own home? Um, hell no. No parent is.

Enter the PlayMatrix

David Kleeman | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
David Kleeman

The Internet added interactivity to the equation, and now the pace of change is accelerating -- mobile, tablets, wearable technology, increasing interaction between digital and physical play.

Ruling Galaxies But Not Countries: New Research on Women in Film

David Kleeman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
David Kleeman

Worldwide, across about 5,800 speaking or named characters, roughly 69 percent were male and 31 percent female. Fewer than a quarter of the films had a female lead

Be My Friend: The Staggering Number of Young People's Cell Phone Contacts

Julie Dobrow | Posted 11.22.2014 | Technology
Julie Dobrow

A survey in 2011 by the Pew Research Internet Project found that "the average cell phone user has 664 social ties," but a survey done the same year in Great Britain found that the average person had 152 mobile phone contacts.

Analyzing Your Media History

Julie Dobrow | Posted 04.09.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

Some students wrote prescient essays about how different forms of media had held social significance for them at different points in their childhood.

Screen Time for Preschoolers: Recommendations vs. Reality

Julie Dobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with its 2013 recommendations about children and media use. While many researchers, politicians, teachers and parents applaud these strict recommendations, an awful lot of parents wonder how realistically they can adhere to them.

What Would Amy Ask? Etiquette for Young People in the Age of Cell Phones

Julie Dobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

The etiquette of cell phone use is an evolving one. When do you leave a message? When you're sitting with a group of friends is it okay to take a call, make a call, text? Are there some messages that it's just not okay to text? We adults are struggling with these questions. But so are the so-called "digital natives."

Dealing With Difficult News: Children, Media and the Boston Marathon Bombings

Julie Dobrow | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Julie Dobrow

The ways media covered this news event, and the ways in which we used media to become informed and to be connected, will certainly continue to unfold. In the meantime, I'm going to make sure that I use all the media available to me to connect even more with my kids.

So Many Screens, So Little Time

Julie Dobrow | Posted 05.18.2013 | Media
Julie Dobrow

It's important to accept the reality that a multi-screen, multi-task world probably means changes in education, the workplace and perhaps even in childhood and parenting.

Children and Media Consumption: Quality Not Quanitity

Julie Dobrow | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Julie Dobrow

The fact that news media often pick up a study that seems to connect media use with negative behaviors is no surprise. What surprises me is that most of the studies that seem to show more positive associations between media use and children get so little coverage.

Can Too Much Screen Time Harm Your Child?

LearnVest | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

Hours spent staring at a screen may be detrimental if it cuts into family time, physical activity, real-world socializing and engaging in other important brain-developing activities. At the same time, some access to technology can provide skills that are necessary for a child to thrive in the 21st century.

The Morning Rush: 9 Ways to Get Your Kids Out of the House Faster

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Getting kids dressed, fed and ready for school might sound easy, but we all know the reality isn't so simple, so we reached out on Twitter and Facebook to find out what strategies parents use for taming morning madness. What methods work for you?

The Reality Of Kids And Screen Time

| Posted 12.25.2011 | Parents

By Caroline Knorr (Click here to read original article.) Did you read to your kids today? Did you park them in front of the television? Did you han...