This book is mainly about of television and media's time and content on children. The studies on how children respond to content led us to ask: what exactly are our children watching? Can they make sense of it? Will they try to imitate what happens on screen? Could they learn from it? Are they learning what we think they are learning?
"...a thoroughly researched, sensibly balanced and beautifully written account of the growing role children's media play in contemporary society. It is a must read for those who wish to understand the rich and subtle ways media are influencing younger and younger children's lives every day."— Michael H. Levine, PhD, Executive Director, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
"Written with passion and precision, humor and humility, Into the Minds of Babes is a calming and reassuring new resource for parents."—Claire Green, President, Parents' Choice Foundation
As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive revolution. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life.
To parent perfectly is a mirage. There is no ideal parent and no ideal child. The Conscious Parent underscores the challenges that are a natural part of raising a child, fully understanding that, as parents, each of us tries the best we can with the resources we have. Thus, the objective
How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries—and difficulties—of parenthood. The marketplace is full of gadgets and tools that claim to make your child smarter, happier, or learn languages faster, all built on the premise that manufacturers know something about your child's brain that you don't. These products are
Screen time’s impact on social skills could be both good and bad, depending on what, and how much, our kids are watching.
Some scholars have suggested that, for children under 5, parents should only choose video media that is all sweetness and light.
A set of national data from the 1990s showed that children aged 1½ watched more than two hours of TV a day.
Ask today’s parents what worries them most about screen time for their babies or toddlers and the answer is often ADHD—attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
ADHD experts are much more convinced that attention disorders might cause television use, instead of the other way around.
Toddlers need room and time to explore, to totter up the stairs, to fall on their diaper-padded bottoms and get up again.
Television critics talk about TV zombies. They say that children become mesmerized by the flashing and buzzing of the screen itself instead of comprehending what is on it.
Instead of asking, “What is screen time doing to a baby’s brain?” maybe we should be asking the opposite question, “What is it not doing?”
Young children don’t think logically. At birth, children are born with a functioning amygdala, the region of the brain that reflexively reacts to dangers.