Review of Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood
January 01, 2014
Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age
By Diane Levin (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2013) 162 pp., $28
Anyone who works with young children, or is a parent or grandparent, knows the magnetic attraction of screens. They are ubiquitous, compelling, and often obnoxious in ways that range from annoying to profoundly disturbing. For decades, Diane Levin has brought a social justice lens to the issue of the media's impact on young children-and how the adults in children's lives can play a positive role. In this volume, Levin blends research, personal story, anecdote, teacher experience, and concrete curricular and action suggestions. We don't know of any other resource that is so astute and so practical.