With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.
In Episode 4 we're featuring a conversation with Avo Makdessian, our vice president and director of SVCF's Center for Early Learning, and Michelle Sioson-Hyman, senior officer at the Center for Early Learning.
Avo Makdessian, vice president and director of SVCF's Center for Early Learning,
and Michelle Sioson-Hyman, senior officer at SVCF’s Center for Early Learning.
Avo and Michelle discuss what CEL does here at SVCF, including the center's recent research on how technology and digital media affect young children. Michelle talks about some of the foundational knowledge in the field and explains why parents don't have to restrict their children from technology entirely. We also touch on how developers can contribute to solving the widening disparity between families with access to quality digital media at an early age and those who do not.
What you will learn:
- Some stats about children in Silicon Valley, including the fact that 1 in 3 of our children don’t have the requisite skills for success in kindergarten
- What the most up-to-date research can tell us about screentime and our children
- The four Cs of good digital media usage: content, context, child and community
- Why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its technology guidelines
- How SVCF and the Center for Early Learning are working to make high-quality digital media more accessible for all kids
- Why the most important part of any screentime is the interaction between you and your child
Resources from this episode:
- Media and Young Minds from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Lisa Guernsey
- Michael Levine, PhD
- The Joan Ganz Cooney Center
- "How True Are Our Assumptions about Screen Time?" by Lisa Guernsey
- The Center for Early Learning