Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood

August 19, 2013

Beyond Remote Controlled ChildhoodWheelock Professor of Early Childhood Education Diane Levin has published a new book titled Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood—Teaching Young Children in the Media Age. The book explores the ways that screen time and media culture are affecting children and families and explains how educators can promote children's healthy development in today's media-saturated environment.

In the book, Dr. Levin explains ways in which teachers and other child advocates can:

  • Adapt classroom practice to take into account the realities of remote-controlled childhood- the experiences of today's connected children.
  • Counteract the potentially harmful impact media can have on both the process and content of children's development and learning.
  • Help children and their families make informed decisions about screen time and media in children's lives
    Work with families to address the impact of screen media.

Book to Be Featured at NAEYC

The book, and the important topics it explores, will be the subject of a featured session hosted by Dr. Levin at the  2013 Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in November. NAEYC, with nearly 80,000 members, has led the way toward excellence in high-quality early care and education since its founding in 1926.

Published by NAEYC, Dr. Levin's book has already begun receiving rave reviews. Said Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, "Never has it been more urgent for all who are responsible for the care, development, and education of young children, as well as for those involved in creating relevant legislation and regulations, to learn from Diane Levin's extensive experience and research on media-related issues. This book includes recommendations and suggestions for how teachers and parents can best protect and promote the well-being of all our young children."

Q&A Session with Dr. Levin

From September 16-23, 2013, Dr. Levin will answer questions about the book posted to a Q&A page on the NAEYC website. Click here to post a question.

Visit the book website to learn more or order a copy.

A professor of early childhood education at Wheelock, Dr. Levin advocates widely on issues related to children's well-being and is the author or coauthor of six other books. Read Dr. Levin's full biography.

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