Education is the best protection

A sobering article written by an educator in South Africa, a country like so many others permeated with easy access to the internet. The concerns she raises are multifold. Kids are gaining access to all kinds of images and material that is shocking, confusing and distressing them. Continue reading

Kids learn a lot from the media, not all of it good

A brief article along with a clever but telling video from Common Sense Media meant to dramatize a serious concern about how kids absorb words and expressions not just from parents and older siblings and peers, in a manner that is quite common, but also from the media. This fits nicely into my idea about how the media has become the parent. Continue reading

Media devices may be eliminating human empathy

A preposterous article on one level, yet sadly all too true. About how kids are spending so much time on smartphones and other electronic devices and so are not developing basic social skills. Continue reading

Too many screens may be ruining your kids

An absolutely excellent article outlining the ideas of Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair in the book The Big Disconnect, which makes the point that media screens are seriously disrupting American families in ways that are at once subtle and serious. Continue reading

Screen time isn’t beneficial to toddlers

An article about a growing controversy that is worth absorbing and understanding. A child advocacy group called The Campaign for A Commercial-Free Childhood has been putting legal pressure on the makers of apps like Baby Einstein to stop misrepresenting their products as somehow making infants and toddlers smarter by kids plugging into them. Continue reading

Is technology killing our ability to communicate?

A curious article related to research at the Department of Psychiatry at King’s College London. The study done there raises concern that children who grow up relating more to iPads and media devices rather than to real people will reach adulthood with a less full and developed vocabulary than those who relate less to machines and more to humans. Continue reading

Technology and education

A valuable article about the positive effects high tech screens can and are having on education. As the author clarifies, many of the older trappings of the classroom, like chalkboards and crank operated pencil sharpeners are becoming things of the past, while Power Point presentations and interactive learning apps seem to be the future. Continue reading

An age of limitless media exposure

When the Media is the Parent

A valuable overview article, which looks at the phenomenon of screen proliferation and the internet from a broad historical perspective, albeit in a fairly cursory manner. As the author points out, though there is a mounting concern about the impact of screen proliferation on humans, we have gone through similar revolutions ever since the introduction of the printing press and proceeding through the births of the telegraph, radio and TV. As he points out, humanity has weathered these changes and survived, even thrived. Will it be the same for the Internet revolution? Continue reading

New Jersey bill to educate parents about media violence

An article about how in New Jersey state legislators concerned about media violence are trying to alert parents through the state department of education about the negative effects of media on children. One legislator, who is quoted, is very concerned. She relies in her comments to the press on facts from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that for instance every child by the age of 18 will have seen 20,000 acts of media violence. Continue reading

Advertising to children

A valuable article about the distressing development of makers of toys using TV commercials to sell kids on the buying of their very expensive wares. The point is clearly made that kids are gullible consumers with big clout economically, and the makers of toys know this, and so they set out, under the parents’ very noses, to woo their kids into buying junk they don’t need. Continue reading