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iQ: smartparent “Learning With Games” Made Possible in Part by Chevron Corporation Premieres Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

January 29, 2013

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano

iQ: smartparent “Learning With Games” Made Possible in Part by
Chevron Corporation
Premieres Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH—From WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative comes an original series for parents called iQ: smartparent.

On Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. tune to WQED-TV for the premiere episode called “Learning With Games.” Expert panelists include: Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games and Carnegie Mellon University professor; Nikki Navta, CEO of Zulama; Dr. Brian Primack, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Clinical & Translational Science. This episode also features the innovative SMALLab, a digital learning environment at Elizabeth Forward School District in Allegheny County, PA. Hosted by board certified family physician Dr. Deborah Gilboa known as “Doctor G”, iQ: smartparent will offer parents new knowledge, tools, and abilities to successfully guide their children in the use of 21st century digital media and technology.

Learning with Games will be re-broadcast on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. during a 3-hour programming block on digital learning and innovative education strategies. The episode will also be available at www.wqed.org/smartparent following the on-air broadcasts.

An informational briefing on iQ: smartparent will be held online at Google + Hangout with WQED and Dr. Deborah Gilboa on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. To participate, contact Dr. Gilboa at DrG@AskDoctorG.com.

WQED is launching iQ: smartparent in response to a research study of regional parents (conducted by WQED in spring 2012) who expressed their desire to build their confidence with educational, 21st century media and expand their capacity for co-learning with their digitally savvy children. Through the series of six broadcasts and a robust online community iQ: smartparent will equip parents and caregivers with tools and resources to aid their understanding and use of digital media and technologies for learning. To sign up for more information go to http://www.wqed.org/smartparent.

Future episodes with air dates to be announced include:
Episode #2 Girls Growing Up With Media
How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these topics and offer some advice on how to talk with your children about gender inequity in the media.

Episode #3 Health, Wellness, and Technology
Can technology and digital devices contribute to our health and wellness? Join us as we identify apps, games, and other forms of media that can help parents and children stay fit and enjoy the outdoors!

Episode #4 How TV and Movies Affect Our Kids
Do your children believe everything they see on TV? How does your child learn to separate fiction from reality? This episode of iQ: smartparent will empower families with skills and techniques for evaluating media images and ratings systems while identifying ways that media can have a positive impact on their lives.

• Episode #5 Early Childhood, Screens, and the Developing Brain
What happens when kids under age eight watch television 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 parents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.

• Episode #6 Online Identities and Social Media
Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online.

All six broadcasts and the initiative are benefiting from the expertise of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents find age-appropriate and quality media. Common Sense Media will provide its expert advice, instructional videos, parent tips, and recommendations for high quality games, apps, and other screen media via the initiative’s programming, website, and social channels.

Parents can join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #smartparent. iQ: smartparent is brought to you by WQED Multimedia with generous support from an anonymous donor. The “Learning With Games” episode is made possible in part by Chevron Corporation.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh
has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

About Chevron Corporation
is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron’s Marcellus natural gas operations are headquartered in Moon Township, PA. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media
is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.


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Additional documents:
WQED's Usage & Perception Report 2012 - WQED conducted a research study in spring of 2012 to see what area parent's needs were regarding digital media and technology as it relates to educating their children.



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George Hazimanolis
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