Let’s get off the Moral High Ground: Tech-Distraction is a Human Problem, Not Just a Kid’s Issue

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, and founder of Raising Digital Natives, shares her recommendations for helping children focus and avoid digital distractions. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the many… Read more »

Media Moment: Spin Master and Mastering Spin

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Gina Sheesley, a freelance writer and mother of two living in Kentucky, shares how she dealt with her 8-year-old daughter’s media-fueled desire for a popular holiday toy and used the experience to talk about advertising. These stories are meant to help create a village square of… Read more »

Media Moment: What the World Needs Now

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Dear Reader, At the close of our presidential election, many of us are left with questions about how to talk about what children have seen and heard during the political campaign and how we can explain the outcome to them. In this Media Moment, I share my thoughts and reflections and welcome you to do… Read more »

Media Moment: Sparring over Screen Time

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Gina Sheesley, a freelance writer and mother of two living in Kentucky, shares how she explains screen time limits to her nine-year-old son. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the many ways media intersect with the lives of… Read more »

Media Moment: My #HalfTheStory

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Jacqueline Boudreau, a student at the University of Southern California, shares her experience learning that social media posts often only tell part of the story. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the many ways media intersect with the lives… Read more »

Media Moment: Pokémon in Occoquan, A Love/Hate Relationship

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Katy Nicholson, an NH native living in Northern Virginia and working for the marketing department of a public transportation agency, shares her experience with Pokémon Go in the tiny, historic town of Occoquan. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and… Read more »

Media Moment: BuzzFeed Takes the Lead

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Kristina Folta, a current student at Pomona college and intern at CMCH, shares her experience talking about important real world issues with her younger sister after watching BuzzFeed videos on YouTube. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the… Read more »

A Thank You Letter to The Mediatrician

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Dear friends, I recently received an email that touched my heart and refreshed and reinforced my love and the CMCH team’s love for the work that we do every day. The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) is dedicated to helping children and those who care for them use media and technology in ways… Read more »