Media devices as babysitters

A stunning article about how connected toddlers are becoming to their gadgets. We’re talking kids 2 to 4. Parents readily buy their kids vast numbers of these toys, mostly to keep them entertained. It’s the idea of media as babysitter. Continue reading

Content matters

A good piece that highlights the ongoing work of some researchers at the University of Washington who have been working with families of children age 3 to 5. As the scholarly article in the journal Pediatrics mentioned in this Huff Post article makes clear, kids who watch violent cartoons like Power Rangers are prone to higher levels of aggression. Continue reading

Are media companies marketing to one and two year-old kids?

An intriguing article that make an interesting point about how the onslaught of media machines now involves high tech and media companies marketing to one and two year-old kids. As for the makers of the technology, they are working to sell their devices as parenting tools to harried parents. If they can make the devices sound educational, then the parents often fall for the devices and go out and buy them. Continue reading

Over-immersion in media has a negative impact on child development

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been the pace-setter in making clear and reasonable recommendations to parents about their children’s involvement with the media. Based on extensive research, the Academy’s recommendations remain firm: No TV before age 2 and only two hours of TV thereafter. Also, no TVs in kids’ bedrooms. Continue reading

Parents have been handing over their responsibilities to the media

As I make clear in the title of my book, When the Media Is the Parent, I long ago concluded that parents have been inadvertently bowing out of the role of parent and handing over their responsibilities to the media Continue reading