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Families and "Screentime" During Covid

Ep. 89

In this episode, I’ll be speaking to three experts on youth development and screen time who also happen to be parents. First, we’ll hear, Sascha Brodsky. He’s a science and technology journalist, who recently wrote an article for Lifewire called, “Parents Say ‘Yes’ To Screen Time During the Pandemic,” where he talked to several parents and experts - letting them vent their concerns, but also justify their decisions. 


Two experts featured in the article are also with us for this episode. Lynette Owens, Founder & Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids and Families at Trend Micro. She dedicates a majority of her time leading workshops that educate parents and caregivers on all topics relating to children and internet use. 


And Dr. Mimi Ito, a cultural Anthropologist and Learning Scientist at University of California Irvine, joining us once again. Her work makes her an expert on children and youth’s changing relationships to media and technology. 


Cover Photo by ExpectGrain under Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/spedster/


Links from this episode:

Parents Say ‘Yes’ To Screen Time During the Pandemic, by Sascha Brodsky

Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families

About Mimi Ito: https://clrn.dmlhub.net/people/mimi-ito.html

NY Times Article: Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers by Matt Richtel

Distance Learning and Parental Mental Health During COVID-19


Two related studies:

https://corp.roblox.com/2020/06/62-teens-roblox-say-online-conversations-real-life-friends-top-pandemic-priority/

https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.202049

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