Tag: kids and media

by Aran Levasseur

Think of sitting quietly in a spartan room. There are no TVs, computers, smartphones, books, magazines or music. If you’re like most people, this probably sounds like a recipe for boredom. In our culture, we avoid moments of “not-doing” because we don’t associate boredom with having any value. And our aversion to boredom and not-doing […] more »

by Tina Barseghian

Much of the anxiety around tweens and social media lies in the fear that they don’t care about or understand privacy settings. Parents worry that kids will either willingly or unintentionally expose themselves to dangerous anonymous predators, or that they don’t fully understand that the information they share about themselves can be used against them. […] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology 1. For their children, many e-book fans insist on paper (New York Times) 2. Social media buzz not necessarily linked to TV ratings (Lost Remote) 3. The future of news and why “digital first” matters (GigaOM) 4. Experiments in the open newsroom concept (Columbia Journalism Review) 5. Mobile devices boost magazine reading (MediaPost) 6. The new […] more »

by Audrey Watters

Last spring, there was a minor outcry when the Auburn School District in Maine announced that it would be piloting a one-to-one iPad program with its kindergarteners. Part of the uproar involved the cost of the program — some $200,000. But much of it involved the notion that somehow young children should not be exposed […] more »

by Chris Pursell

Click here to read the whole series With recent news that the Nintendo 3DS can now stream videos via Netflix, and iPhones becoming a regular accessory in schools, a world of content has now shifted to the fingertips of youth. But the influx of technology and access to the content have raised concerns over how […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Click here to read the whole series From the moment that pink solid line appeared on the pregnancy test, every little decision felt monumental. Home birth or hospital? Cloth or disposable? Co-sleeper or crib? Sling or stroller? With each choice, I did more research than perhaps a person should do and there was almost always […] more »

by Laura Lewis Brown

Click here to read the whole series This week on MediaShift, we’re running a special series exploring the relationship between kids and media. The following piece comes from our partners at PBS Parents. From the time they can grasp an object in their hands, children reach for electronic gadgets of all kinds, particularly our cell […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Click here to read the whole series As part of our ongoing series on Kids & Media, we had a recent live chat on Twitter with a group of parents to talk about how our kids use media. Special guests included MediaShift managing editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill, Common Sense Media’s Caroline Knorr and PBS Parents’ […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Click here to read the whole series My son Julian was born into a world of screens nine years ago. Being the son of a “mediatwit” means that he was surrounded by screens, small and large. And yet, I’ve tried to moderate his usage the best that I can, limiting him to an hour of […] more »

by Aran Levasseur

Click here to read the whole series “When people learn to play videogames,” according to James Paul Gee, “they are learning a new literacy.” This is one of the reason kids love playing them: They are learning a new interactive language that grants them access to virtual worlds that are filled with intrigue, engagement and […] more »