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Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age Five
     

Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age Five

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by Lisa Guernsey
 

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As a mother, Lisa Guernsey wondered about the influence of television on her two young daughters. As a reporter, she resolved to find out. What she first encountered was tired advice, sensationalized research claims, and a rather draconian mandate from the American Academy of Pediatrics: no TV at all before the age of two. But like many parents, she wanted

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As a mother, Lisa Guernsey wondered about the influence of television on her two young daughters. As a reporter, she resolved to find out. What she first encountered was tired advice, sensationalized research claims, and a rather draconian mandate from the American Academy of Pediatrics: no TV at all before the age of two. But like many parents, she wanted straight answers and realistic advice, so she kept digging: she visited infant-perception labs and child development centers around the country. She interviewed scores of parents, psychologists, cognitive scientists, and media researchers, as well as programming executives at Noggin, Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and PBS. Much of what she found flies in the face of conventional wisdom and led her to conclude that new parents will be best served by focusing on “the three C’s”: content, context, and the individual child.

Advocating a new approach to television and DVDs, Guernsey focuses on infants to five-year-olds and goes beyond the headlines to explore what exactly is “educational” about educational media. She examines how play and language development are affected by background and foreground television and how to choose videos that are age-appropriate. She explains how to avoid the hype of “brain stimulation” and focus instead on social relationships and the building blocks of language and literacy. Along the way, Guernsey highlights independent research on shows ranging from Dora the Explorer to Dragon Tales, and distills some surprising new findings in the field of child development. Into the Minds of Babes is a fascinating book that points out how little credible research exists to support the AAP’s dire recommendation. Parents, teachers, and psychologists will be relieved to learn positive approaches to using videos with young children and will be empowered to make their own informed choices. 

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
...balanced, lucid .a worthwhile book.Relying on dozens of scientific studies Ms. Guernsey explores the intricacies of ÿtrying to unpick the complicated weave of what goes on inside the head of a 1 - 2 year-old child crouched before a glowing screen.
Neil Izenberg
Journalist and mother Lisa Guernsey probes the powerful effects of video and TV on the developing mind. Brilliantly researched and engagingly written, Into the Minds of Babes answers the question that pediatricians, parents, and producers have wanted to know.will early childhood media create a new generation of baby Einsteins or baby zombies? (Neil Izenberg, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician and Editor-in-Chief, KidsHealth.org)
New York Post
...fascinating and terrific new book.Guernsey doesn't take sides, but she raises more than enough questions (and thoughtful and lived solutions) that by the end of this informative, personable book I was glad to defer, once again, to my wife's good judgment in keeping the idiot box far from my daughters wandering eyes.
St. Petersburgh SunTimes
As a parent of two young TV-watching girls, this former New York Times reporter attacks established myths, alleviates paranoia and finds a common-sense solution for how much television, if any, kids should watch.
Publishers Weekly

A science journalist and mother of two, Guernsey manages to extricate straightforward information and guidelines from the morass of research, articles and debates on screen media and child brain development. Easily digestible chapters are smartly structured around 12 pervasive concerns of interviewees from all walks of life. Guernsey explains how parents can shrewdly navigate a TV, DVD and video game market that has only begun developing its potential, much like the minds of the children it targets. Wisely sticking to manageable and legitimate solutions suitable for parents who don't see abstention as an option, Guernsey encourages parents to balance TV-watching with creative play and parent-child bonding time. The "three Cs" approach-considering content, context and child when making decisions about media-watching-is easily understood and adaptable to any family situation. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465027989
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/10/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Robert Kesten
"Guernsey's exploration of the world of electronic media and its positive and negative impact on young children is one we will all benefit from."--(Robert Kesten, Executive Director, Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness)
Shelley Pasnik
"Research can be confusing and contradictory yet this book is anything but. Distilling what we know about young children and media while sharing her experiences as a parent, Guernsey is an able guide."--(Shelley Pasnik, Director, Center for Children and Technology)
Ellen Galinsky
"This journey into the best research on the impact of media on young children will serve as an essential guide to all those who care about kids."--(Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute)
Ellen Wartella
This is a wonderfully accessible book. ÿLisa Guernsey has offered a well reasoned explanation of the evidence on young children and media. (Ellen Wartella, Professor, Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of California at Riverside)
Claire Green
"Written with passion and precision, humor and humility, Into the Minds of Babes is a calming and reassuring new resource for parents." (Claire Green, President, Parents' Choice Foundation)
Michael H. Levine
"Every parent knows that today's young children are immersed in media in unprecedented ways. Is the ubiquity reason for new concern about a lessening of parent engagement or cause for optimism about the educative possibilities? Into the Minds of Babes is a thoroughly researched, sensibly balanced and beautifully written account of the growing role children's media play in contemporary society. It is a must read for those who wish to understand the rich and subtle ways media are influencing younger and younger children's lives every day."--(Michael H. Levine, PhD, Executive Director, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)
David W. Kleeman
"Reasoned and thorough . . . this is the book we've been waiting for!"--(David W. Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media)

Meet the Author

Lisa Guernsey is an education, science, and technology writer who has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. A former reporter on technology and education for the New York Times, she lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two children.

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