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:
children and media / Early Childhood / Family / family media literacy / General information / Media / Parent and Teacher Resources / Parents

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

Alternative Stories / Family / Parents / Rituals

Just Before the Family Meal

Family meal times are getting a lot of press right now, and high time. Recent articles in The Christian Science Monitor by Mary Beth McCauley and the New York Times by Susan Dominus as well as the Huffington Post’s on-going series “Family Dinner Table Talk” extoll the virtues of this time-honored (but oft neglected) family … Continue reading

Commercialization / Family / Media / Narrative about media / Parents / Rituals

Video Games: Whence Do they Lead?

This is one of those posts that address pieces that have appeared in the media and I didn’t address at the time. July 2, 2011:  Virginia Heffernan’s piece How Games Steer Us Through Life appeared in the Opinionator section of the New York Times. I’d  like to bring a few things to light about this … Continue reading