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Thinking About Our Youngest Media Consumers

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
July 10, 2011

In her book, Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five, Lisa Guernsey tries to make her way through the conflicting information and studies about young children and digital media. Her book has been heralded as a sensible, rather than sensationalist, look at media and child development.

On June 15, 2011,  Guernsey presented her findings and perspectiaves at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Professional Development Institute in Providence, R.I. as part of a featured panel, “Building a Blueprint for Learning with Technology.” In her remarks, Guernsey uses the latest research on what children need as a guide to determining when digital media can be a helpful learning tool and under what circumstances. She has made available the full text of her remarks as well as the slides that accompanied her presentation. Find downloadable PDFs of both the slides and the remarks below.

Guernsey is the director of the Early Education Initiative for the New America Foundation. 



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