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Kids in the Middle: Media's Unique Roles for Children of Immigrants

David Kleeman | Posted 07.18.2014 | Media
David Kleeman

Months ago, PlayCollective and the Children's Media Association produced an exchange between industry executives and academics on "bridging the gap" between these fields, toward incorporating research insights into media content for kids.

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandparents across miles.

Kids and Educational Media: Desire to Learn vs. Design to Teach

David Kleeman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

"Educational" TV isn't necessarily "quality" TV, and while the government can demand that broadcasters offer shows with curriculum and goals, it can't enforce that they be any good.

6 Diverse Children's Cartoons (Where the Main Character Isn't Necessarily White)

Stephanie Meade | Posted 12.14.2013 | Parents
Stephanie Meade

Stereotypes run rampant in much of our media consumption and children's cartoons are no exception. Our children, no matter what their race or background, don't see enough cartoons with diverse characters in different cultural settings.

In Media, Home and Schools: I Teach. You Learn. I Hope.

David Kleeman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
David Kleeman

With roughly 150,000 apps in Apple's "education" store, most aimed at children, there is a legitimate, deep and tough debate to be had on defining and achieving quality in media intended to teach.

Children and Families, Media and Play: The Five Minute Futurist

David Kleeman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

The coming years will look like the late '90s TV "gold rush," when companies staked out channel space in the expanding multi-channel universe. This time, though, the prospectors will mine distinctive content that can woo audiences in the "over the top" TV market.

Grasping at Elephants: Reporting on Kids Media Research

David Kleeman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

This week, we've seen a prime example of how the race for a catchy headline or the editorial bent of a journal can influence how research is characterized in the press. Depending on which sources parents follow, they can come away anxious or reassured (or, likely, confused) by the same data!

The Two Freds

David Kleeman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

For someone in my field, merely having my name in the same sentence as Mister Rogers is a heady, humbling experience. I'm too old to have grown up with him as a "television friend," but young enough that his work was seminal to my career choice.

Transmedia Makers: Frustration + Opportunity = Magic

David Kleeman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Media
David Kleeman

It's easy to imagine teens of 2000 bouncing medium to medium, while longing for a connective thread -- a TV-show website that goes deeper than cast bios and "printables"; magazines that explore the worlds of their favorite games; the book-based backstory to the film they just saw.

Going 'Screen Free' vs. Getting 'Screen Smart'

David Kleeman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
David Kleeman

Today, the concept of "screen time" is complex, and navigating a multiplying array of devices and the accompanying flood of content demands media literacy.

The Critical Juncture in Children's Mobile Media

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

If we as parents, educators and developers want to maintain quality children's educational apps, it's time to take a step back and reassess our expectations: $.99 is not sustainable.

Children and Media: Pediatricians' Monolith Myth

David Kleeman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Parents
David Kleeman

Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released the long-awaited update to its 1999 policy statement on media use by children younger than two. I am amazed that with 12 years to work on it, the AAP labored so mightily and brought forth such a mouse.

is TV Hurting Your Baby?

nytimes.com | AGENCE FRANCE | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media

Watching television or videos is discouraged for babies younger than 2 because studies suggest it could harm their development, a pediatricians' group...