The Screentime Age Posts

December 3, 2018 / TIPS

There’s so much information — and anxiety — out there about how much time your kids should spend using devices. This video from NPR provides guidance on balancing the need for limits with the potential benefits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtbdqIds_3c Enjoy screens, not too much, mostly together. Great guidance from Anya Kamenetz. You should also check out 5 Things…

November 26, 2018 / TIPS

The Parenting for a Digital Future blog is a wonderful resource that shares research and pointers on how to help children negotiate current (and future) digital spaces. The site is managed by a great team of scholars from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A recent post by Peter Twining on the blog…

November 20, 2018 / NEWS

Nellie Bowles from the NY Times posted three pieces that tried to provide some context around the screentime debate. A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley This first article discusses parents in Silicon Valley and their concerns about screentime with their children. The article is replete with quotes about how…

November 16, 2018 / NEWS

On November 8, 2018, I sat down on an interview panel organized by Dave Quinn and the MURSD YouTube channel. We chatted with Anya Kamenetz about her new book, The Art of Screentime. The panel took a deep dive into the research on youth technology use in order to separate the facts from the myths.…

November 13, 2018 / UPDATES

The debate surrounding “screentime” includes assumptions about access to and the ways people engage with technology. These debates are increasingly shaped by standardization, testing, and commercialization without paying attention to the multiple functions of literacy in our everyday lives. As literacy educators who are versed in scholarship and pedagogy that focuses on the use of…

November 13, 2018 / UPDATES

In the call for proposals to the 2018 NCTE Conference, Franki Sibberson stated, “Digital tools invite our students to document and share their experiences with the world and to connect with others….”  These words reflect arguments made by researchers and educators across the field of digital literacies. In contrast, some research suggests that “screentime” is…

November 13, 2018 / NEWS

In 2016, the AAP suggested avoiding use of screen media other than video-chatting for children younger than 18 months. The 2016 guidelines suggest that children 18 to 24 months of age can view digital media of high-quality programming, whereas children aged 2 to 5 should be limited to one hour per day of high-quality programming.…

November 3, 2018 / NEWS

Nearly a cliché after two decades of development, it is clear that the internet has profoundly changed the ways in which we read, write, communicate, and learn. Given these sweeping changes, one significant conversation centers on the use of internet-enabled devices as they relate to school policy, teaching practices, and the well-being of children. Current…

October 30, 2018 / NEWS

To address these concerns, a nonprofit organization, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development helped prepare a special report for the Pediatrics journal. The supplement is the result of a collaboration of more than 130 recognized experts in the field from a diverse background of disciplines, institutions and perspectives organized into 22 workgroups. Research spanning the fields of psychiatry, psychology,…

October 23, 2018 / UPDATES

Together with Kristin Turner, we have started a research project, titled “Beyond the ‘Screentime’ Debate: Developing Digital and Media Literacies with Youth and Teens.” This project builds on work done by the Digital and Media Literacies workgroup of the Children and Screens Institute to address these challenges and create a discussion space to unite the varied perspectives that…