What happens when kids under age 8 watch TV and are exposed to screens? We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer iQ: smartparents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.
Angela Santomero is best known as the Creator and Executive Producer of acclaimed children’s television hits such as Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr., and Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS. She is the Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC, and oversees the creative development and research of all the company’s projects, with a mission and vision to bring educational entertainment to a whole new level. Angela is also host of PBS’ The Parent Show at www.PBSparents.org and writes a personal blog about being a parent who creates children’s media at www.AngelasClues.com. She is a prestigious Peabody Award Winner for Outstanding Children’s Programming and a Gold and Silver Parents Choice Awards recipient. She currently lives in New York with her husband and two adorable daughters.
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four sons, and a professional parenting speaker and writer. She is also the author of Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch! and Teach Responsibility: Empower Kids with a Great Work Ethic. Doctor G has served as an expert resource for Parents magazine, MSNBC, Yahoo News, USA Today and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Parents, Your Teen Magazine, and many other media outlets. She follows three basic principles when guiding parents from toddlerhood to young adulthood: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Her website is www.AskDoctorG.com
Lisa directs the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on how to scale up high-quality learning environments for young children, birth through age 8. A journalist by training, Lisa has been a technology and education writer at the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has written about technology, education and social science issues for a wide variety of publications, including Newsweek, Time.com, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, and others. She edits the Early Ed Watch blog, which focuses on policy and research in early learning, and she also blogs occasionally at The Huffington Post. Lisa’s most recent book is Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012).
As Director of Education and Research at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Michael Robb oversees the planning and development for one of the Center’s signature programs, the Early Learning Environment™ (Ele). Dr. Robb has been involved in issues surrounding media and children for over a decade. He has published research on the impact of electronic media on young children’s language development, early literacy outcomes, and problem solving abilities in a variety of academic journals, including Child Development and Developmental Review. Dr. Robb has also supervised community educational outreach efforts for KCET/PBS, helping parents and teachers to make the most of quality children’s programming. He was the recipient of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students for research on the relationship between children’s use of media and learning. Dr. Robb holds a B.A. in child development from Tufts University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from University of California, Riverside.
Deborah is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, College of Education and was previously a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She has conducted research examining the impact of media use on the development of young children and has written extensively on the impact of television captions on early literacy. Dr. Linebarger has published research in a variety of academic journals, including Journal of Children and Media, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Infant and Child Development. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a project sponsored by Sesame Workshop. Dr. Linebarger holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester, an M.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas, and received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas.