PAST FORWARD: Reflections and Visions on Young Children and Technology

In 2017, we’ve been commemorating the 5th anniversary of the release of the NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. At Erikson Institute we’ve also been celebrating the 5th anniversary of...

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Am I Using Technology Too Much?

Yes, I use plenty of technology every day, and chances are, so do you. Whether or not we want to admit it, technology is embedded in our lives in every way. We use it to communicate, drive, shop, educate, and, most importantly, to connect with each other. And those of us of a certain age probably use technology way more...

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Beyond the Sweater and Sneakers

The first things most people think of when Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is mentioned are the red sweater, the sneakers, the puppets, and the trolley. What a nice feeling of nostalgia. What a nice memory of the hours spent visiting our television neighbor. What a nice sense of comfort. However, for a student who has studied Fred Rogers, accepting this feeling of...

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The Role of Relationships in Children’s Use of Technology

Technology and digital media are an integral part of many adults’ lives, and the same is true for many children today. Not long ago, the conversation about digital media and early childhood learning focused on whether or not these new technologies should be part of early childhood education, at home or at school. But in recent years, the conversation has...

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Check-Out Tech Lending Kits Bring Technology to More Classrooms

One of the Fred Rogers Center’s initiatives – Digital Media and Learning – recognizes the presence and influence of digital media and technology in the daily lives of children, families, and educators. We know that when technology tools are used effectively, they can enhance children’s cognitive and social abilities. They can also allow children to explore experiences outside of their...

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I Wish You Gifts of Time

I have always been an overly excited gift giver, taking my time to choose just the right gift. I remember when I was a young child, I’d ask my grandmother (affectionately named Mim by her six grandchildren) what she wanted for Christmas. She always gave me the same answer: “Honey, all I want is your time.” Of everything in the...

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Happiness: Now Available in a Box?

Advertisements ask us to consider products and services and decide whether we need or want them. But do you ever find yourself evaluating the ad itself? Fred Rogers often sang, “You’ve got to look carefully, listen carefully.” Fred lived that advice, and the stories in the Fred Rogers Archive give us insight into how Fred’s observations of the world informed...

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Legacies of Caring: Fred Rogers & Rachel Carson

Spring is here at the Fred Rogers Center, and we are so thankful it is not silent. Birds outside our office windows hunt for worms while dandelions pop up everywhere. The Center itself was built with the environment in mind. From our geothermal heating and cooling system, to our energy-efficient lights, we are dedicated to preserving natural resources and being...

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Celebrating Month of the Young Child in Pittsburgh & Beyond

“This April Pittsburgh will celebrate our most valuable resource…children. There are many ways to celebrate. I trust you’ll find your own.” –Fred Rogers In March of 1978, Fred Rogers spoke these words in a public service announcement for KDKA, a Pittsburgh-based television station, to promote Month of the Young Child. Fast forward 38 years and Pittsburgh has transformed itself into KidsBurgh,...

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Fred Rogers’ Unfinished Work

In an archival folder dated late 2002, I found this little note. Fred was preparing his commencement address to Dartmouth College (where he had attended as an undergraduate). He jotted down the main idea of his talk on a small piece of stationary from Rollins College (to which he transferred from Dartmouth). This Dartmouth address became one of Fred’s last public speeches....

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