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 Association of Pediatricians: 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.
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|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Lisa Guernsey is an education, science, and technology writer who has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, and 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Paperback Edition xi
Preface, or the Three Cs: Content, Context and Your Child xv
1 What Exactly Is This Video Doing to My Baby's Brain? 1
ADHD and autism-should I be worried?
Why do pediatricians say no screen time before age 2?
2 Is TV Turning My Tot Into a Zombie? 27
Why does it look like my child is tuning out?
At what age do children become mentally engaged?
3 Could My Child Learn from Baby Videos? 45
How and when do toddlers learn from audiovisual media?
What is the "video deficit?"
4 My Toddler Doesn't Seem to Notice When the TV Is O-or Does He? 67
What is the impact of background television?
How does noise affect language development?
5 Which Videos Are Too Scary for My Child? 87
What content is most upsetting to young children?
What should I do when they get frightened by -what they see?
6 What Is Educational About "Educational" TV? 113
What are the features of a well-designed preschool show?
Have children really been shown to benefit from educational shows?
7 Could the Right DVD Teach My Child to Speak, or Better Yet, Become Bilingual? 135
What exactly leads to language development?
Will foreign-language videos give my children an edge?
8 Can Electronic Media Enrich My Child's Vocabulary? 151
At what age can a video make the most difference?
Under what conditions do children learn words from TV?
9 Could This Program Teach My Child to Be a Good Person? 173
Is there any evidence that videos can inspire good character?
How are TV, pretend play and good behavior connected?
10 Is Interactive Media Worthwhile-or at Least Better Than TV? 193
Are screen-based toys of any use to babies?
Is educational software a good idea for preschoolers?
11 Will Screen Time Make My Children Fat? 215
Are there real connections between TV and obesity?
Does the location of the TV matter?
12 How Do Real Families Make Smart Media Choices? 233
How do they cope with siblings? sickness? single parenthood?
What are some examples of limits that stick?
Appendix I Movie Review Web Sites 277
Appendix II Web Site Reviews of Interactive Media 279
Appendix III Resources on the Use of Electronic Media with Children Who Have Special Needs 281
What People are Saying About This
"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)
"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)
"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)
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)
"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)
"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)
"Reasoned and thorough . . . this is the book we've been waiting for!"--(David W. Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media)