Slides and Highlights from the Learning at Home Forum

On January 24, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released the results of a national survey of more than 1500 parents of children ages 2-10, and their perceptions of educational media use at home. Read on for slides from the Learning at Home Forum last week and highlights from the report.


We were thrilled to see a standing-room only crowd at our venue, the second floor galleries at McGraw Hill in midtown Manhattan. Michael Levine welcomed the audience and provided an introduction to our Families and Media Project.

Author Vicky Rideout then took the stage to introduce the report and to discuss some of the key findings.

The room was full of children’s media producers and researchers. Many were surprised by some of the key findings, including the drop-off in educational media use that occurs after age four, and the fact that despite the rise of mobile, parents still view television as the more “educational” medium.

Amy Jordan then took the podium to moderate the first session about finding and creating great content for kids.

Debra Sanchez, CPB, spoke about the implications for mobile: when parents hand their devices off to their kids, they are essentially opting out of this experience.

David Kleeman, SVP of Insights at PlayCollective, offered a provocative commentary on the quality of media available to kids as “educational,” and pointed out that many children find educational value and meaning in content that may not be explicitly designed as such.

Seeta Pai from Common Sense Media discussed findings around parents choices and the evaluation of media products. She mentioned their ratings for parents, and, their new ratings site for educators.

Melina Bellows of National Geographic Kids shared her experience in making science facts fun to learn, and provided us all with the factoid that none of us will forget:

A stat from the report that surprised many in the audience: very few parents surveyed think of Minecraft as educational.

Lisa Guernsey moderated the second session of the day to discuss some of the ethnic and socioeconomic findings of the report, and the issues of access and equity.

Melvin Ming, CEO of Sesame Workshop, introduced FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the FCC delivered the keynote address. You can read her remarks here.

The final session wrapped up the Forum by gathering action items to create change in digital media and access for all children.

We’re thrilled to see that the report has been covered by a variety of news outlets: