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The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet

The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

This guest post is brought to you in collaboration with Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post … the 2nd part will appear in the MomsWithApps.comblog in December of 2012.

 

 

From Lorraine, “Carisa and I have both been blogging about family-friendly apps since 2009. We realized through our friendship and conversations, that contrary to what the public might think, media habits in our own homes are actually quite conservative. By immersing ourselves in tech culture, we are gaining enough ‘digital literacy’ to make media plans for our own kids. We hope that by sharing our own stories, we can learn more about your stories, and create a collective view about healthy media habits for families.”

 

Through our discussions, we found ourselves contemplating similar questions, like, “How much screentime is too much?” This turned out to be a key issue on both our minds, as we navigate family life. There is a balance between exposing children to technology, and keeping technology at bay … so trade-offs aren’t made with other aspects of a child’s development.

 

 

 

Below, you’ll find some of the techniques that we’ve identified, with data from our survey. We did this ‘quick study’ with 100 parents recruited from high-tech households in our social media fan base for Digital-Storytime & MomsWithApps.

 

The purpose of the survey was to take a the ‘temperature’ of other families trying to balance media use for their kids, to see how our list stacked up against techniques being used by other families. Note: We focused primarily on ‘leisure time’ or ‘free time’ use of visual media or ‘screen time’ by kids, excluding all curricular & extra-curricular use of media devices for learning in a school/homework or homeschool environment (as well as use of screens for communication or other ‘acts of daily living’ for children with learning disabilities). 

 

We also gathered a lot of qualitative comments that we’ll present in the the 2nd post, regarding advice from parents about how to manage screen time & ideas for the larger community.


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'Lost' Dr Seuss tales to go on sale

'Lost' Dr Seuss tales to go on sale | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
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Yay! Four ''obscure'' Dr Seuss stories to come to light again, 60 years after appearing in a monthly print magazine.

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Springboard or crisis? The “talent show experience”

Springboard or crisis? The “talent show experience” | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
"It was an experience that I never want to repeat. It was depressing, sad. I'm 16 years old, and I'm not yet able to cope with things like that. I thought the way you treated me was mean. I thought it was horrible the way you lied to me in front of the camera, and made me cry." - Andrea (16), former "Popstars" (Germany) contestant
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Cautionary tale for pushy parents and precocious young performers alike. 

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Six animated series amp up DramaFever Kids

Six animated series amp up DramaFever Kids | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The head of marketing at DramaFever talks expansion and curating content for the international video service's new kids vertical.
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The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD

The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The promise of technology in the classroom has long been equal access to resources on the internet, but a digital divide still exists largely because of the other issues poverty raises in schools.
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We've certainly got a ways to go when it comes to crossing the digital divide in schools: "'Students in low-income schools are getting short-changed when it comes to using technology.''

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Sharknado Builds Trans-Media Storm | License! Global

Sharknado Builds Trans-Media Storm | License! Global | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Following the launch of Sharknado-branded merchandise, Syfy and The Asylum are planning two new brand extensions for the pop culture sensation–a mobile game and book.
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Ugh.

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Book List: The Best of Transmedia & Alternate Format Storytelling

Book List: The Best of Transmedia & Alternate Format Storytelling | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Books are amazing in the way that they can create a whole world using nothing but words. That being said, there is also something to be said for transmedia storytelling. Transmedia storytelling is ...
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A little list of winning youth transmedia reads - from the horse's mouth, so to speak. 

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Disney selects kids tech startups for Accelerator program

Disney selects kids tech startups for Accelerator program | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
ChoreMaster, Codarica, Sphero and Ubooly are among the kid-focused tech companies selected to take part in Disney's new 15-week mentorship program
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YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media

YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
SuperAwesome boss Dylan Collins challenges entertainment companies and investors to adapt to change. By Stuart Dredge
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Spot on with observations: cross-platform, distribution channels, premium quality/price OR massive scale will win in kids entertainment going forward.

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Surveys Indicate Varying Levels of Knowledge and Support Regarding Common Core State Standards

Surveys Indicate Varying Levels of Knowledge and Support Regarding Common Core State Standards | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Three recent surveys offer interesting and sometimes contradictory findings about levels of knowledge and support regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A national survey conducted by th...
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Interesting coverage of the wide range of knowledge and acceptance of Common Core. Not to mention the politics of it, both literal and figurative.

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Top toy predicted for Christmas 2014 … a Wi-Fi doll that does homework

Top toy predicted for Christmas 2014 … a Wi-Fi doll that does homework | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Hi-tech dominates Hamleys predictions for the top selling toys of Christmas 2014, but they are said to be creative and imaginative
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Awesome: UK toy powerhouse Hamleys' top picks for Christmas 2014 include Xeno, an ''interactive monster with pullout snot and farting capability.''

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Working at light speed for Amazon on Creative Galaxy

Working at light speed for Amazon on Creative Galaxy | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Blues Clues co-creator Angela Santomero talks about working with Amazon on her new educational children's series, which debuts Friday.
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Love it - ''Prime'' service on show production.

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Want to Learn to Code? There's a Board Game for That.

Want to Learn to Code? There's a Board Game for That. | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Code Monkey Island teaches you all of the logic that basic programming requires, under the guise of the game.
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Great idea - wonder if it's the first of its kind?

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Star Wars meets user-generated content in iPad app

Star Wars meets user-generated content in iPad app | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
George Lucas may have some competition on his hands. Star Wars fans have a new way to re-create the films' fantasies thanks to Disney Publishing's new line of Star Wars Scene Maker customization apps.
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Forget the kids, I need this - provided it's possible for me to destroy the Death Star and scour the icy Hoth horizon from the back of a Tauntaun.

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$200 Million and Rising: Hollywood Struggles With Soaring Marketing Costs

$200 Million and Rising: Hollywood Struggles With Soaring Marketing Costs | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
This article first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
In only a few weeks, Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extin...
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I certainly hope it's ''the single most discussed and debated issue in Hollywood'' - it's a new Cold War of competitive spending.

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Gruffalo jumps into SVOD with Hopster

Gruffalo jumps into SVOD with Hopster | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
It's the week of the little guys taking on SVOD giants. While PlayKids readies for battle with its 2.0 release and new kids shows, the UK-based preschool learning and TV app Hopster is also encroaching on Netflix territory.
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Study: more people playing video games on phones

Study: more people playing video games on phones | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
A new study from the NPD Group suggests that using phones to play video games is becoming more popular - it's a trend that's causing a shift in the US gamer landscape.
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No surprise here, but of note: increased mobile play is not at the expense of other platforms, as gamers on average are spending more time each week playing games.

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BBC Worldwide Releases Doctor Who E-book | License! Global

BBC Worldwide Releases Doctor Who E-book | License! Global | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
BBC Worldwide has released an interactive e-book with an extensive history of one of the Doctor Who’s most famous foes.
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Cool!!!

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8 Creative Storytelling Methods

8 Creative Storytelling Methods | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Is paperback passé? Today storytellers are deconstructing books and getting innovative -- both online and offline.
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What some enterprising storytelling folks are up to, aided by short-form media such as social apps Vine, Tapestry, and Maptia, not to mention good old film (just shorter than usual.)

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Harry Potter makes first appearance for seven years as he turns 34

Harry Potter makes first appearance for seven years as he turns 34 | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
JK Rowling, writing as gossip columnist 'Rita Skeeter' for the Pottermore site, exposes his first grey hairs and Ron Weasley's now-thinning thatch
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It's about time Harry and Co got a few greys.

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Here's When 3D Movies Work, When They Don't, And What The Future Holds

Here's When 3D Movies Work, When They Don't, And What The Future Holds | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
They can be really good or really bad.
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Not a fan, personally. Maybe because I always seem to get scratched glasses. 

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Study: What kids think of Oculus Rift and the new VR

Study: What kids think of Oculus Rift and the new VR | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of movement in the virtual reality space. In March of this year, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for US$2 billion. Sony and Samsung have both expressed their intent to enter the virtual reality market with VR headsets. Even restaurants are getting in on the act - Chuck E. Cheese announced earlier this year that it would bring virtual reality games to its play areas. It's only a matter of time until the technology trickles further down into the kids space. And as a new study from kids digital entertainment specialist Dubit and researcher KZero suggests, the demand is there.
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Kids embrace virtual reality, but expect it to be more than just a gaming headset. Tweens especially want new modes of creation and free play, riffing on real world experiences.

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How Tablets Are Powering The Future Of Storytelling

How Tablets Are Powering The Future Of Storytelling | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, June 29, 11:41 PM

Tablets are in the hands of every child and young adult across much of the planet. Children's and young adult storytellers take not.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, June 30, 1:58 AM

Because one way or another... they are. Sooo, let's see how.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, July 2, 3:46 PM

First drafts from now on are done on my iPad. This is a personal shift.

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The secret of Generation C - FT.com

The secret of Generation C - FT.com | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Last weekend I was strolling through central Manhattan with my daughters when they spotted a Starbucks. “We have to go there – please, please!” one declared. “I have to tell all my friends at school!” I was shocked. Many years ago, when my children
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How Starbucks is crafting secret menus to make inroads with pre-coffee tweens. 

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Sailor Moon returns with rebooted series on Hulu

Sailor Moon returns with rebooted series on Hulu | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
In a major coup for Hulu, the streaming service is premiering the reboot of the wildly popular 1990s TV series Sailor Moon. The new Sailor Moon Crystal will run on Hulu and Neon Valley on July 5.
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Whoooaaaa - this is gonna be good.

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Does Reading 'Moral' Stories to Children Promote Honesty?

Does Reading 'Moral' Stories to Children Promote Honesty? | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
All over the world, young children are exposed to classic fairy tales, myths and other stories. Most kids love hearing stories, but in addition to being a fun activity, storytelling is also thought of as an educational tool that can promote moral rea...

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While perhaps disappointing, this isn't so surprising. Being read to is a passive act. Research shows that actively engaging with a subject - or in this case, moral imperative - is far more likely to result in it being internalized.

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, June 20, 10:24 AM

While perhaps disappointing, this isn't so surprising. Being read to is a passive act. Research shows that actively engaging with a subject - or in this case, moral imperative - is far more likely to result in it being internalized.