The headlines around kids and screen time can be downright scary. One message that most experts will agree on is that moderation is key. If it seems daunting to set limits on something as pervasive as digital media, it’s helpful to remember three basic times when it’s important to do so: mealtime, playtime, and bedtime.
On average, children under 8 spend over 2 hours a day with screen media. Many parents are concerned about their children’s screen time. Research can provide guidance for using media in positive ways, one important takeaways is that children learn more from media when adults are involved and help them understand the material they are encountering.
A number of studies have found that fictional stories can reduce prejudice and make us more empathetic towards people who are different from us.
This white paper provides practical recommendations on how to employ effective data-informed decision-making (DIDM), particularly in early childhood programs. This paper addresses the steps to using DIDM effectively as well as the school- and state-level efforts necessary to support this process using examples to illustrate how DIDM works in the real world.
The purpose of this study was to identify which new mothers may be especially prone to use Facebook more often and more intensely, and to further examine the potential consequences of Facebook activity for new mothers’ emotional well-being.
This study asks: 1) Do children that spend more time reading with their parents watch less TV? and 2) Does the association between parent-child book reading and TV-viewing vary depending on family structure (e.g. single-parent v. two-parent home), mother’s level of education, household size, and whether the child attends daycare?
Dr. Nathanson began with an overview of children’s media habits in recent history, discussed three studies that she has recently conducted, and closed the talk by explaining that shared media experiences between caregiver and child can increase interactions, facilitate bonding, and encourage discussion about sensitive topics.