Category Archives: Commentary

What Makes Technology Creepy?

by Jason Yip, PhD
August 6, 2019

Growing up in the 1980’s, I played with a lot of toys and technology. My first experience with a computer was an Apple IIe at school, where I played Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. At home, my technology-enabled toys consisted of a Speak and Spell that would repeat … 







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Will AI Make Our Kids More Human? (or Steal Their Humanity?)

by Grant Hosford
July 15, 2019

If we don’t plan our AI future, we risk handing our kids a world where machines make decisions for them and bias influences everything from routine policing to insurance decisions.  To prepare this generation for what is coming, we must equip them with the ability to understand, question and manage … 







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The Potential and Perils of VR and AR for Children

by Michael Rich, MD, MPH
June 25, 2019

In designing VR/AR devices and applications for children, it is critical to keep in mind the active and inquisitive nature of children, the key developmental tasks of each age and stage, and the profound influence of environmental stimuli and challenges on their physical, mental, and social development and health.  

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My Child, Media, and Technology: Providing Guidance to Working Parents

by Maria Alvarez
June 12, 2019

As media and technology have an increasing presence in our lives, more parents are seeking guidance in how to select the best media for their little ones. That has been the case for many parents who have participated in the national Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program. They have expressed their worries … 







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Education, Equity, and Empathy: A Brighter Vision of the Future of VR

by Chris Chin
May 21, 2019

Before the Future of Childhood: Immersive Media and Child Development salon took place in November 2018, we invited experts to share their visions about the ways VR and AR might impact childhood 10 years from now. Chris Chin, Executive Director of VR Content at HTC Vive, believes VR has the … 







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The Promise of Game-Based Assessment in Early Childhood Education

by Anusha Subramanyam, PhD, BCBA-D and Tammy Kwan
May 17, 2019

This guest post by Anusha Subramanyam, PhD, BCBA-D and Tammy Kwan of Cognitive Toybox describes results from a pilot study in which Cognitive ToyBox, a game-based assessment program, was implemented in preschool classrooms to help teachers monitor their students’ progress.   Early childhood education programs require accurate, ongoing assessment to … 







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Can We Build Strength and Empathy Through Games?

by Sandhya Nankani
May 14, 2019

The stories that have emerged from the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte shootings over the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. There is the story of sixth grader Nate Holley, who put his hand on a metal baseball bat, “just in case … … 







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Preschool Science at Home: PEEP Family Science Apps Help Low-Income Families Engage in Digital Learning

by Megan Silander, PhD, and Gay Mohrbacher
May 1, 2019

A growing body of research points to the importance of engaging children in science from an early age, for both their future trajectories in science careers and school readiness. For some children, preschool provides the chance to engage in meaningful science learning. But, for the 46% of American 3- and … 







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Common Sense Media Invites Sesame Street to a #DeviceFreeDinner

by Diane Jones Lowrey
April 24, 2019

I remember so well the days when my now-grown daughter was a little girl learning to count and read and taking in life lessons from the beloved characters on Sesame Street about how to be a good, caring person. Back then, she could only watch Sesame Street on our one … 







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Ask the Author: Questions for Jordan Shapiro – Part 2

by Jordan Shapiro
April 16, 2019

Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World, recently took the time to answer questions that readers submitted about balancing screen time at home and school, data privacy, and games that families can play together.  

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