September 2013


What Do Quality Children’s Apps Look Like?

Over the past few months, we’ve hosted three “Quality Conversations” on this blog. We’ve explored issues to keep in mind when selecting digital media for children, with the goal of advancing the discussion that began in 2012 at the Fred Forward Conference. In each of the three conversations, we showed a video of a child using an app and asked...

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Media as a Prompt for Play

Recently, I gave a talk at the World Congress of Play in San Francisco. I chose the topic “Media as a Prompt for Play” for a number of reasons: First, from the earliest days of children’s TV, screens have brought young people ideas for playful games and activities, whether through direct instruction or simply modeling. I began my talk with a...

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Joanne Rogers Guest “Student” at Saint Vincent College Psychology Class

Dr. Junlei Li, associate professor of psychology and faculty fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, welcomed Joanne Rogers, wife of the late Latrobe native Fred Rogers, as an honored guest “student” in his Childhood Development class on Sept. 12. Mrs. Rogers shared stories about her husband’s work with children for...

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Five SVC Freshmen Named Fred Rogers Scholars

As a Fred Rogers Scholar, each student will receive a renewable $2,500 scholarship and opportunities to network with scholars and industry leaders in early learning and children’s media.The Scholars Program, designed for students interested in pursuing careers involving children, early learning and media for young children, will introduce the students to the Fred Rogers Archive and its research capabilities, encourage them to participate...

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Childhood Poverty is at the Root of the Nation’s Education Inequality

Inequality is a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so. Decades of wage stagnation, job loss, and most recently a housing crisis have hollowed out the middle class. Meanwhile, incomes at the top are accumulating like helium balloons on the ceiling. The chance of living the American Dream and doing better than one’s parents is fading. But often overlooked in...

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Time with Adults Matters Most

For Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age, Time with Adults Still Matters Most

The Rogers Center's Michael Robb takes a look at what we know from the research about infants and media and shares suggestions for how to use technology and interactive media in age-appropriate, intentional ways. When it comes to infants and toddlers have long been considered a special audience. Although several public health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the...

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Turn off the TV in the Background and Talk to Your Children

What parents can learn from the early science of brain development. We’ve been closely following Hillary Clinton’s new Too Small to Fail campaign. We were happy to see this helpful post from research associate Rey Fuentes, posted at Next Generation (one of the campaign’s partners) on, among other things, the importance of turning off the TV in the background. He emphasizes...

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