Category Archives: Commentary

How Will VR and AR Shape Childhood in 10 Years?

by Jeremy Bailenson, PhD
February 12, 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. Jeremy Bailenson, PhD, is the founding director of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and … 







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What’s Past is Prologue: A Review of The New Childhood

by Paul Darvasi
January 30, 2019

I must confess, I’d never given much thought to the origin of sandboxes. I played in them, my kids play in them, and so I just assumed that children have been building crumbling castles and holes to China since time immemorial. After reading Jordan Shapiro’s The New Childhood: Raising Kids … 







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Modern Family Life Should Include Opportunities to Connect Through Digital Play

by Jordan Shapiro
January 16, 2019

So many of today’s parents complain that their children spend too much time staring at “addictive screens.” According to the grownups, kids never want to do anything else and therefore, they’re losing out on the real joy of childhood. But the statistics tell a different story. On average, today’s kids … 







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A Vision for VR in Classrooms in 10 Years

by Lisa Castaneda
January 9, 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. Lisa Castaneda, Co-Founder and CEO of foundry10, shares an optimistic view of VR’s potential … 







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Reflections on the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting

by Alexia Raynal
May 14, 2018

Just a few months after the publication of Children and Families in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2018), Alexia Raynal presented original and previously-published research from the Families and Media (FAM) Research Consortium at the 2018 American Education Research Association (AERA) annual meeting. In the following article, Alexia presents key highlights from her roundtable discussion on Equity and Learning … 







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What Does the Research Say About Tech and Kids’ Learning? Part 2 of 2

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
April 30, 2018

In January 2018, Michael Levine participated in a panel conversation on young children’s media use hosted by Common Sense Media and the Brooklyn Public Library. Here, in the second of a two-part series, are some of his comments regarding the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Zero to Eight report. (See … 







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What Does the Research Say About Tech and Kids’ Learning? Part 1 of 2

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
April 27, 2018

In January 2018, Michael Levine participated in a panel conversation on young children’s media use hosted by Common Sense Media and the Brooklyn Public Library. Here, in the first of a two-part series, are some of his comments regarding the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Zero to Eight report.    … 







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20+ Years of Research Shows Ready To Learn Media Improves Young Children’s Literacy

by Lisa Hurwitz
April 11, 2018

If you were born after 1990, are the parent or grandparent of someone born after 1990, or a children’s media producer of any age, Ready To Learn (RTL) has probably touched your life. Launched in 1994, RTL is a U.S. Department of Education-funded initiative that provides about $25 million annually … 







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Connecting Across Worlds: How Empathy and Play Can Support Connection

by Dr. Karen Schrier
March 12, 2018

How do we live together in a connected world? How do we cultivate “global citizens” who can relate to others—across international borders and Internet forums, or political aisles and bus aisles? These are increasingly pressing questions, and ones that are considered by two recent publications: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s … 







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Sonia Livingstone

Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture

by Sonia Livingstone
February 5, 2018

Sonia Livingstone was recently asked to write the foreword for Children and Families in the Digital Age: Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture edited by Elisabeth Gee, Lori M. Takeuchi, and Ellen Wartella. Here’s what she had to say. Where shall we start, and where shall we focus our gaze, … 







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