Mr. Rogers & Media Mentorship

A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode 11 of Season Two: Mr. Rogers and Media Mentorship.

This episode is part of a research project from the Screentime Research Group.

Big Questions

What is media mentorship, and how can parents be media mentors?

Special Guest

Ian and Kristen are joined by Katie Paciga, a professor of education at Columbia College Chicago, and a member of the Screentime Research Group. In this special episode, Dr. Paciga talks about investigating how to talk to children about issues of privacy, security, and algorithms.

What we’re reading

Incubator 143 at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. (2015). What would Fred Rogers Say?

Donohue, C. (Ed.). (2017). Family engagement in the digital age: Early childhood educators as media mentors. Routledge.

Haines, C., & Campbell, C. (2016). Becoming a media mentor: A guide for working with children and families. ALA Editions.

Shapiro, J. (2019, April 26). Children need digital mentorship, not WHO’s restrictions on screen time. Brookings Institute.


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Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

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