Cooking and Problem-Solving with Kids

While problem-solving skills are not taught directly in the classroom, they are part of everyday life-building skills. It is important to provide children with real-world examples.

Streamin' Demon: Binge-Watching Isn't Good for Sleep

Streaming television has become part of daily life. Watching before bed sounds like a blast, but the technology may affect your sleep.

Phone Down and Fitness Up: Tread Carefully With Your Phone

If you are planning to hit it the gym more as the weather warms, try leaving the phone in a locker. You might be surprised to learn that it can impede your workout.

Executive Order. Executive Function.

When faced with a decision, most rightfully gather information. Children are not brought into the world with this skill.

Save Your Thanksgiving With Multi-Minute Cooking Videos

Thanksgiving is less than a week away. You are thinking: "What do I do with this turkey?!" Cooking videos may boost self-confidence, as told through social cognitive theory.

Unexpected News Media: Child-Based Discussions

Aren't sure how to talk about the elections results with young children? New media processing themes may help.

Imaginary Friends and Interactive Technology

As children learn to become reliant upon screens for entertainment, their boredom cures decline showing a decrease in pretend play which is essential during childhood.

Television With Tots: Guilt Free Co-Viewing Recommendations

Have concerns about your young child's screen time? These few recommendation may help.

Safety First Before You Pokémon Go Out Into the World

Interest in Pokémon Go has waned a bit in the US, but it is still very much active in other parts of the world, as evidenced by the recent stampede in Taiwan.

Think Before You React to Mrs. Trump's Speech

Quick to judge others on character rather than situational factors? Social psychology and media processing is used to process the recent events surrounding Mrs. Trump's RNC speech.

Ads: Oregon Trail + Crystal Pepsi = Trip Down Memory Lane

Can our childhood memories prompt us to buy products? What can we remind parents about the messages advertisers send?

Kids Are What You Eat: Grab a Whisk & An App

Families are searching for healthy meals that require minimal prep time. They may benefit from the following recommendations to adjust “attitudes” related to food.

Why Some Successful Parents Say You Can't "Have it All"

You can't do two things at once. The notion of multitasking actually, does not exist. What is more possible is that parents can take steps to focus attention on a single task.

Screen Time & Externalizing Behaviors

At times, children get upset when screen time is taken away. We can’t say this causes all externalizing behavior problems, but it can call for concern.

Working it Out... at Home

Working out and working from home? Feel it is impossible with kids around? Here are some screen time recommendations that may help.

Think Before You Fat

Can healthy bodies be appreciated? Perhaps they can, if we "think before we fat."

Screen Time Funtime

Can't figure out what screen time with kids means to you? This final 2015 blog entry will give you some advice and make you smile.

Terror on the Tube: Background Television & Little Ones

Recently, Paris came under attack to a horrific set of events. While most young children are not sitting down to watch the evening news, a fair set of households do keep television news on in the background. Encourage children to talk about what they have viewed either in the foreground or the background can help.

New Screen Suggestions by The American Academy of Pediatrics

Recently this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics made some new recommendations for parents wondering about the dos and don'ts of “screen time.”

Vowels on the Move: Learning With Tablet Toys

Tablet devices are now common in many homes. There are other ways to engage besides swiping, tapping and clicking. A psychomotor perspective may assist.

Humor, Screens & Children

A sense of humor can lend itself as a protective factor for troubled or uncertain situations one may have through life’s journey. Included in this piece are some ways to think about humor development as applied to current children’s television programming from birth to elementary school years.

Who Makes a Qualified Children’s Media Researcher?

Thoughts related to research training within the field of children's media.

Facebook-Self vs. True-Self: Presenting Contrived Happiness

The need to have the false-self visible on a digital platform in an unusual trend in parents that has taken shape over the last several years.

Will Valuable Lessons Continue with Violence?

See the Mocking Jay's World Before it Rest - The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will open on July 1. The exhibit will provide fans with an insider's view of Panem everything from costumes to hands-on interactions. The level of violent content within is cause for discussion on its continuance. Will a similar level of violent now become commonplace in young adult media?

“Appisode” Applications

For parents of toddlers and preschoolers, Appisodes are a newer app available through Disney and iTunes that allows children the experience of watching and playing along with their favorite episodes.

Here’s A Smart Monkey!

All good preschool children’s programs include several factors that make them successful and long running, which can be explained by the included content and the medium through which it is delivered.

Kids and TV

Why do you think people tend to be so fearful about the effects on TV?