Possible Marriage: “Medical” and Media Literacy Approaches to Technology in Early Childhood
Early Childhood / family media literacy / Healthy Media Choices / Media Literacy Education / Parents / Teachers

Possible Marriage: “Medical” and Media Literacy Approaches to Technology in Early Childhood

Reading “Media Literacy In Early Childhood: Inquiry-Based Technology Integration” by Faith Rogow sharpened my understanding of the different paradigms that govern thinking about technology in early childhood education. First, the fundamental difference between what Rogow calls the “medical model” based on the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Media Literacy Educators model … Continue reading

Entertainment Media Educates
Advertising / children and television / Early Childhood / family media literacy / Healthy Media Choices / Media Literacy Education

Entertainment Media Educates

“Experts Defend Videogames’ Educational Role,” La Prensa’s article on a study from researchers at the Open University of Catalonia, caught my eye. What the researchers point to is the need for Ludoliteracy, an understanding of how video games work, what they teach and how they influence us as humans. They point to the marginalization of … 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

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