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What Does Children’s “Obsession” With Technology Tell Us About What They Really Need?

Today’s technology may be meeting some of the same childhood needs as those of earlier generations.


In Our Interactions with Children, It’s Often What Happens in the Wings that Matters Most

Fred Rogers taught that small, ordinary moments can have great impact.

posted by Junlei Li


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Six Questions for the EdTech Field to Think About When Designing for the 0 to 8 Set

When studying media for early learning, researchers must keep equity at the forefront, says Shelley Pasnik.

posted by Shelley Pasnik


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…

posted by Michael Robb


Open-Ended Versus Single-Action Play in the Digital World

June 16, 2015 | posted in: Early Childhood Education, Family, Research and Studies | comment

How do you make decisions about which toys or apps are likely to provide enjoyable and enriching play experiences? Michael Robb and Junlei Li, Fred Rogers Center research psychologists, and parents themselves, explore Fred Rogers' messages on choosing playthings and what lessons can be applied to the digital world.

What Makes an App Educational?

June 02, 2015 | posted in: Early Childhood Education, Fred Rogers Center News | comment

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Researchers suggest four pillars to help parents and teachers choose educational technology for young children.

posted by Michael Robb

You Are (Not) Special

May 20, 2015 | posted in: School, Social Emotional Learning | comment

Different titles, same message: Learning for its own sake.  Serving others.  Know that your neighbor is special – just like you.

posted by Junlei Li

When Does Technology Become Too Much in a Child’s Life?

April 27, 2015 | posted in: Early Childhood Education, Family | comment

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Fred Rogers Center research psychologists and parents Michael Robb and Junlei Li ponder Fred’s lessons and grapple with the question of how to set boundaries and model healthy technology use.

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