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Dr. Joanne Meier

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Much ado about media

November 5, 2013

Screen time for young kids has been in the news a lot lately. The last few days of October gave us two new resources on the topic of children's media use.

First, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidance on managing children's and adolescents' media use. Access to the new policy requires a subscription to the American Academy of Pediatrics, but the press release provides a glimpse into the thinking:

Second, CommonSense Media summarized their findings from a series of surveys designed to understand the media environment for kids ages 8 and under. In a concise infographic we see several trends:

Here at Reading Rockets, we offer up Children and Digital Media: Rethinking Parent Roles in which we provide guidance in two areas in which technology can provide a good literacy boost. This includes exposure to new words and learning more about interesting topics. We encourage parents to think about themselves as "media mentors" and to be an active participant in your child's media use.

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