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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


Parents Boost Their Preschoolers’ Literacy Skills With Texted Tips

January 20, 2015 | posted in: Early Childhood Education, Family | comment

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What’s the most cost-effective way to prepare toddlers for school? Turns out it might involve texting parents. A new study by Stanford researchers confirms what early studies were showing: Texting parents early childhood learning tips and reminders boosts preschoolers’ literacy skills. And it costs approximately $1 per family.

Can Touchscreen Technology Teach Preschoolers About Feelings?

January 08, 2015 | posted in: Apps, Early Childhood Education, Media Creators | comment

Research shows that young children have trouble understanding prosocial narratives when they’re on TV. Will touchscreen technology be any different?

How I Plan To Enjoy the Holidays With My Family (Spoiler: There Will Be TV!)

December 16, 2014 | posted in: Family | comment

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The Fred Rogers Center’s Michael Robb on enjoying, and managing your family’s media consumption over the holidays.

posted by Michael Robb

Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness?

December 09, 2014 | posted in: Apps, Early Childhood Education, Fred Rogers Center News, Social Emotional Learning | comment

One researcher at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center thinks so. Anna Ly and her team are designing a new app that uses breath and storytelling to teach mindfulness to young kids.

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