children and media / children and television / Early Childhood / Healthy Media Choices / Media / New Parents / Parents

Addressing Parental Anger: A Way In to Re-Wiring Habits

  In the US, psychologists like Steven Stosny point to a link between anger and parental feelings of inadequacy. While the situations he cites will ring true to many of us as parents: the end of a bad day is likely to set off reactions, etc., I would advocate for a nuts-and-bolts, practical review of … Continue reading

Technology and Media in Religious Education?
children and media / Commentary

Technology and Media in Religious Education?

Yes, that’s a question mark. Education in American society is at a watershed moment evidenced by “flipped classrooms,” synchronous and asynchronous online learning and the exchange of resources and information via social media and Google tools. Then, there’s “gamification.” Religious education is no exception and there’s no doubt, as Bud Horell points out in his … Continue reading

Four Steps to Intentional Media Use with Young Children
children and media / Early Childhood / Family / family media literacy / Healthy Media Choices / Parents / Strategies

Four Steps to Intentional Media Use with Young Children

There are four foundational steps toward an intentional relationship with media in the home when you have young children. 1: Get the information you need: Here are a couple of places to start American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Recommendations for   Parents The AAP discourages media use by children younger than 2 years. The AAP … Continue reading

Advertising / Commercialization / Family / gender / Grandparents / Parents

Gender Identification Begins…

This was originally posted on February 28. I’m updating because I want to add JeongMee Yoon’s work: “Pink is For Girls….” from Slate.com “The consumer embryo begins to develop in the first year of existence…Children begin their consumer journey in infancy…and they certainly deserve consideration as consumers at that time.”   James U. McNeal, Pioneering Youth … Continue reading

How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:
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How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:

Some questions to ask: Does the site Assume that recreation and family time equals screen-time? Provide suggestions for other forms of family time? Look like an advertisement for movies and video games? Point to recommendations of pediatricians and psychologists and help us work with them?  Give tools that can be adapted to your situation or … Continue reading