Media Exposure and Early Child Development

January 25-26, 2018


January 25, 2018

8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions

Ruben Alvarez, Lisa Freund, and James Griffin, NICHD & Dara Blachman-Demner, OBSSR
Della Hann, Director of Extramural Research, NICHD
9:00 a.m.

Session I: Media Exposure and Early Childhood: An Overview

Paula Fomby, University of Michigan (Presenter 1)
Children's Technology Use and Health: A Population Studies Perspective (PDF 267 KB)

Ellen Wartella, Northwestern University (Presenter 2)
A Brief Historical Tour of Research on Media and Children's Development (PDF 281 KB)

Discussants: Elizabeth Vandewater, University of Texas, Austin (comments on Presenter 1)
Sandra Calvert, Georgetown University (comments on Presenter 2)

9:50 a.m. General Discussion
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Session II: Influence of Media Exposure & Use on Infants and Toddlers

Rachel Barr, Georgetown University (Presenter 1)
Learning from Media in Young Children: Constraints and Opportunities (PDF 1.5 MB)

Jenny Radesky, University of Michigan Medical School (Presenter 2)
A Pediatric Perspective on the Impact of Early Media Exposure (PDF 679 KB)

Discussants: Heather Kirkorian, University of Wisconsin, Madison (comments on Presenter 1)
Sandra Waxman, Northwestern University (comments on Presenter 2)
11:20 a.m. General Discussion
11:45 a.m. Announcements
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:50 p.m. Session III: Neuroscientific Perspectives on Media Exposure & Use in Early Childhood

John Richards, University of South Carolina (Presenter 1)
Media Effects on Young Children: An Attention Development Perspective (PDF 1 MB)

Linda Smith, Indiana University, Bloomington (Presenter 2)
Language Development in the Digital Age (PDF 2 MB)

Discussants: Martha Ann Bell, Virginia Tech (comments on Presenter 1)
Sarah Roseberry Lytle, University of Washington (comments on Presenter 2)
1:40 p.m.

General Discussion

2:05 p.m. Break
2:20 p.m. Session IV: Media Exposure & Use in Early Childhood: Implications for Learning

Deborah Nichols Linebarger, Purdue University (Presenter 1)
Links Between Media Exposure and Language & Literacy Development (PDF 722 KB)

Georgene Troseth, Vanderbilt University (Presenter 2)
Understanding Children's Learning in Digital Contexts (PDF 844 KB)

Discussants: Nicole Patton Terry, Georgia State University (comments on Presenter 1)
Arthur Graesser, The University of Memphis (comments on Presenter 2)
3:10 p.m. General Discussion
3:35 p.m. Break
3:50 p.m. Final Presentation of the Day

Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra
Founder and President, Children AND Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development;
School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
4:00 p.m. Identification of Gaps in Our Research Knowledge (Group session)
5:00 p.m. END OF DAY 1
6:30 p.m. Group Dinner (Optional) - No federal funds will be expended for food or beverages


January 26, 2018

8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Ruben Alvarez, NICHD
Catherine Spong, Deputy Director of NICHD and William (Bill) Riley, Director of OBSSR
9:00 a.m. Session V: The Role of Technology in Early Childhood Interventions

Marina Umaschi Bers, Tufts University (Presenter 1)
The Positive Impact of Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young Children (PDF 3 MB)

Suzy Tomopoulos, Bellevue Hospital Center (Presenter 2)
Educational Media Exposure and Parent-Child Interactivity (PDF 946 KB)

Discussants: Danielle McNamara, Arizona State University (comments on Presenter 1)
Lesli Rotenberg, Children's Media and Education, PBS (comments on Presenter 2)
9:50 a.m. General Discussion
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Future Research Directions (Group session)


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