March 2014

Why Mister Rogers Is Still a Children’s Media Pioneer in 2014

Those of us raised on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” may not have known that Fred Rogers was a child development expert, a composer and lyricist, a TV producer, and an ordained minister. Actually, we didn’t need to know all that. Because what was apparent to every child who tuned in day after day to sing along with him or to watch the...

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Baierl Subaru “Shares the Love” with the Fred Rogers Center

Our friends at Baierl Subaru and Subaru of America recently presented a check for more than $6,603 to the Fred Rogers Center, which represents the proceeds of the “Share the Love” event. Anyone purchasing a new Subaru at Baierl from November 21, 2013 to January 2, 2014, had an opportunity to donate $250 to support the work of the Center...

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Contrary to Claims, Not All Media Is Bad For Kids Under 12

It's been quite a week in the children's media world. While preparing for the week ahead last Sunday, I noticed an article on Huffington Post that was spreading virally through my friends on Facebook. The article was a call to ban all hand-held devices from children under the age of 12. Backing up the claim, the author cited a long...

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State marker in Latrobe to honor Mr. Rogers

On some beautiful day in a Latrobe neighborhood, Mister Rogers will be remembered with a blue and gold historical marker. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced on Tuesday that Fred McFeely Rogers, the children's television host and Latrobe native, will be commemorated in a ceremony at James H. Rogers Park at Main and Jefferson streets. The date for the marker's unveiling...

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Playing Online

You may have heard young children in your life talking about time they spent online on sites like Webkinz or Club Penguin and you may wonder why your 7-year-old niece, for example, keeps going back for more. Virtual worlds are immersive 2-D or 3-D spaces in which users adopt an avatar, or online character, in order to represent themselves and interact...

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Staying Connected: March 2014

For many, March 20 will be celebrated as the first day of spring. For us at the Fred Rogers Center, we honor another milestone on that date, Fred Rogers' birthday. It is impossible to put into words the positive impact this unique individual's life had on countless children and families. The Fred Rogers Center strives every day to stay true...

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