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Great discussion last week! Thanks to everyone who viewed and commented. This is really fun and also professionally beneficial!
I hadn't read the book before last fall when Melissa had the idea to host this book club. My initial thoughts were that the research is fascinating and that having this type of information makes me a better librarian and parent. I'm glad to be discussing it with you all now! Below, I posted a few thoughts and questions for discussion but please respond to whatever you feel like from the book. Don't feel like you have to answer my questions. These are just some thoughts to get us started.
1. In Chapter 2, Lisa sums up the research by saying that the “zombie effect” just doesn’t exist for children older than 2 (p. 36), meaning that kids can be cognitively engaged while watching video whether or not they look like it. The “zombie effect” in children 2 and older is more likely “attention inertia”. But for babies, much more research needs to be done before we could conclusively say that babies are cognitively engaged while watching television. The Teletubbies study is particularly troubling, in my opinion, but I would agree with Lisa’s assessment that more research needs to be done. What did you think about this section? Does it have any bearing on our practice as librarians in selection or programming or another area?
2. In Chapter 3, Lisa discusses the question “Could my toddler learn from baby videos?” And her answer in my opinion, is “um maybe but there are lots of richer experiences they could be having”. All the research she dicusses is fascinating but the study I found most interesting was the one that showed toddlers learning faster via the in-person demonstration, rather than a video. What did you all think of this chapter?
3. These are the chapters with research on "what these videos are doing" --how does this relate or not relate to whether we worry or not about other media "is doing" that goes home with families? We all struggle with the 3rd grader who wants to read inappropriate YA, but do we worry what poorly written Dora books are doing to our children? Or what body image issues children are gleaning from the Barbie easy readers? Is it even our job to wonder what media “is doing” to children when it leaves the library? What about out of date nonfiction? How are these conversations similar or not similar to other conversations in our professional history about comic books, series fiction, or even fiction in general?
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
A few more great resources for thinking about kids and digital media:
The ALSC blog of course: http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center: http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org
The Fred Rogers Center: http://www.fredrogerscenter.org
Looking forward to chatting with you about Lisa's wonderful book!
See you Tuesday!
Announcing the Children & Technology "Screen Time" Book Club!
The Children & Technology Committee is happy to present a new opportunity for members of the Children & Technology Interest Group: a weekly asynchronous "book club" to read and discuss Lisa Guernsey's important book, "Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child."
How will this work?
Each week, beginning February 25, Andrea Vernola and Melissa Depper will add a post to the Children & Technology Interest Group. The post will contain discussion questions and conversation starters for one or two chapters of Lisa's book. Read or re-read along with us and connect with other library staff who are interested in learning about digital media, children's development, and ways to help patrons navigate 21st century parenting. Comment on the posts here in Connect and ask your own questions of other book club participants!
What is the schedule?
Feb 25: Chapter 1: What Exactly Is This Video Doing to My Baby's Brain?
Mar 4: Chapter 2 and 3: Is TV Turning My Tot into a Zombie? and Could My Child Learn from Baby Videos?
Mar 11: Chapter 6: What Is Educational About "Educational" TV?
Mar 18: Chapter 7 and 8: Could the Right DVD Teach my Child to Speak, or Better Yet, Become Bilingual? and Can Electronic Media Enrich My Child's Vocabulary?
Mar 25: Chapter 10: Is Interactive Media Worthwhile--or at Least Better Than TV?
Apr 1: Chapter 12: How Do Real Families Make Smart Media Choices?
Plus! Live Lisa Guernsey Q&A!
"Screen Time" Author Lisa Guernsey has generously agreed to participate in a live Google Hangout Q&A at the end of the book club, on April 8, 8PM EST, to answer questions and respond in person. As we determine interest in this Q&A, we will figure out the most equitable way to fill the limited spots available.
We'll post reminders for the next two weeks, and then start with our first chapter on February 25. We are looking forward to hearing what you have to say!
Join us! Questions? Comments? Let us know!
Andrea Vernola & Melissa Depper,
Children & Technology Committee