Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age
About the Book
Teachers need to understand how screen time and media culture are affecting children and families and to find effective ways to promote children’s healthy development in today’s media-saturated environment. This book will help you
- Adapt classroom practice to take into account the realities of remote-controlled childhood— the experiences of today’s connected children
- Counteract the potentially harmful impact media can have on both the process and content of children’s development and learning
- Help children and their families make informed decisions about screen time and media in children’s lives
- Work with families to address the impact of screen media
Diane E. Levin, PhD, is professor of early childhood education at Wheelock College, in Boston, and cofounder of TRUCE and Defending the Early Years.
Never has it been more urgent for all who are responsible for the care, development, and education of young children, as well as for those involved in creating relevant legislation and regulations, to learn from Diane Levin’s extensive experience and research on media-related issues. This book includes recommendations and suggestions for how teachers and parents can best protect and promote the well-being of all our young children.
—Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois
Diane Levin offers wise and timely advice to early childhood teachers about how to help children get beyond the powerful and pervasive media messages that can lead to remote-controlled childhood.
—Stephanie Feeney, Professor Emerita, University of Hawaii at Manoa
As one of the world’s premier experts on children and the media, Diane Levin understands how today’s media culture is impacting children. This book analyzes how all types of media—TV programs, videos, video games, websites, music, advertisements, apps—are affecting children’s lives, including what and how they learn from these experiences, and offers realistic suggestions to teachers and parents for what to do about it.
—Blakely Bundy, Executive Director, The Alliance for Early Childhood
This book speaks to all who are concerned about the impact of media and screen exposure on young minds, bodies, and hearts. It is also an urgent call to action. If you are concerned about the media children see and hear, you must read this book!
—Frank Baker, President, Media Literacy Clearinghouse
If you care about what children learn in school, you should also care about what they absorb from the media. This book will help teachers and families work together to meet this critical twenty-first century challenge.
—Jane Katch, Teacher, Touchstone Community School, and Author, Under Deadman’s Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play