Screen Time Book Club: Chapter 1!
Welcome to the Screen Time Book Club!
We apologize for the late start today--Murphy's Law combined with two busy children's librarian schedules delayed our first post. Next week's post will arrive earlier in the day!
Each week we will post a few questions for one or two chapters of Lisa Guernsey’s book Screen Time. You will have all week to read or re-read the chapter and add your two cents to the discussion in the comments below. We know this topic is a robust one and that we have among us a wide variety of experiences and beliefs about children & digital media. We want everyone to feel that this is a comfortable place to raise questions and share their thoughts, so please be respectful in your responses.
This week we will be spending time with the first chapter, “What Exactly Is This Video Doing to My Baby’s Brain?” Here Lisa Guernsey takes a broad look at research on the impact of videos and screen time on young, developing minds.
Here are a few questions to get us started. Please respond to any or all!
1. Lisa Guernsey begins by referring to the 1999 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics; and recently, the AAP released an updated statement. Does this new statement address some of the concerns or issues raised in this chapter? Does it change how you read this chapter?
2. How much did you know about children’s development and media research before reading Lisa’s book? Did reading this chapter about Lisa’s “research into the research” change how you felt about these issues? Do you feel like you know more, or do you feel like you have more questions?
3. Have the AAP statements, or any other children’s media research, impacted your library’s programs, services, or policies? Please share what decisions have been made or what discussions have taken place at your libraries.
Thank you! Share your responses in the comments. If you have any additional questions, please post them, too.
Melissa and Andrea