Category Archives: Research

Infographic: Opportunity for All?

April 13, 2016

In their recent report, Opportunity for All?, media and policy expert Victoria Rideout and Rutgers University scholar Vikki Katz explored the current uses of digital technologies to help promote educational opportunities for all through a national survey of nearly 1,200 low-income parents of school-age children and in-person interviews with lower-income, Hispanic … 

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Designing Media for Underserved Families

A Collaborative Experiment On January 23, 2015, researchers, educators, and digital media professionals spent the day at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the to imagine how to better support the needs and interest-driven learning of families with children through digital media. The “Designing Media for Underserved Families” … 

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Vikki Katz

Broadband and Digital Media Use Among Low-Income Mexican-Origin Families

by Vikki Katz
June 2, 2014

National and local efforts to get low-income families online have emphasized that without consistent, quality connections to the Internet, families are missing out on important opportunities. Children’s learning, both in and out of school, increasingly requires developing digital skills. For parents, the Internet can help with finding information on everything … 

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Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents Edited by Amy B. Jordan and Daniel Romer

Available Now: Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

by Administrator
May 27, 2014

This spring, Oxford University Press released an important new contribution to the literature of media and developmental psychology with Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents, edited by Amy B. Jordan and Daniel Romer. The volume examines the role that media play in the daily lives of families with … 

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Update: The Aprendiendo Juntos Council Members Share Research and Progress

April 16, 2014

The Aprendiendo Juntos (“Learning Together”) Council is a multi-sector group of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts who seek to identify new models and practical strategies to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic-Latino families, through the wise deployment of digital technologies. In June 2012, the National Center for Families Learning, the Joan … 

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Michael Levine on KQED's IQ SmartParent

Apps, Gaps, and the Digital Divide

by Administrator
February 24, 2014

Michael Levine recently appeared on WQED’s IQSmartParent with host Angela Santomero to discuss kids, apps, and the digital divide.

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Zero to Eight 2013

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013

by Lee Banville
November 2, 2013

The technology available to the youngest children is evolving rapidly, according to the results of a new survey from Common Sense Media. The survey of more than 1400 parents of children 8 and younger found access to mobile devices and time spent on those devices had increased dramatically from the … 

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Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology

by Alexis R. Lauricella
June 6, 2013

On Tuesday, June 4, the Center on Media and Human Development Northwestern University released Parenting in a Digital Age: A National Survey. Alexis Lauricella, one of the report's co-authors, shares some of the findings here. 

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Milton Chen

Games & The Common Core: Two Movements That Need Each Other

by Milton Chen
March 19, 2013

Recently in one day, I witnessed two expert panels discussing critical issues for our educational system: the first one was on implementing the Common Core for English-language learners, the second was on how games offer an exciting new frontier for student learning and engagement. In the morning, I listened in … 

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Kids Online

Taking a Closer Look at Kids Online: Opportunities and Challenges in Social Networking Forums

by Sara Grimes and Deborah Fields
November 7, 2012

As readers of this blog already know, many people are hopeful about the opportunities that online environments can provide for children. There is great promise for learning technical literacies, developing social skills and contributing to our shared culture through participation in online sites. And indeed, kids are participating in growing … 

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