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Stop School Mass Shootings? Go after the video game and pharmaceutical industries.

Includes the School Mass Shooter Risk Inventory! The recent rise in mass school shootings has resulted in a singular focus on the implement of destruction…guns. While gun control requires attention, as well as eventual legislation and regulation, gun control alone will not stop the escalating incidence of mass school shootings. Careful analysis of multiple factors […]

Rewarding Students with Screens – Pros and cons for best practice in schools

Increased use of cell phones and tablets in schools has reached a point of no return, as evidenced by education government’s refusal to fund books. While parents like to think these devices are being used for educational purposes, quite often they are on social media or playing video games. Teens now log in an average […]

The Rise of Tech Activism and How You Can Take Part

Guest Blog by Jenifer Joy Madden. “Ban Russian Bots.” The words shone brightly projected across Twitter headquarters. Not long after, a listener of NPR’s 1a wrote: “Wish there was a national movement, like a Quit Facebook day. If they lost a million plus U.S. users in 1 day, it would give reformers inside the company the momentum they need.” Then […]

Pediatrics Summary – Children, Adolescents and Screens: What We Know and What We Need to Learn

An interdisciplinary summit called Children and Screen Time: A Growing Health Crisis was held in Washington DC on Nov. 1, 2017 sponsored by Children and Screens: The Institute of Digital Media and Child Development. Research presented at this summit was published in the November issue of Pediatrics – the official journal of the American Academy […]

Tap, Click, Commercialism

Guest Blog by Kathy Kleckner Children’s reading is reduced to little more than a pipeline for profits in a new book from Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine, employees of think tanks funded by technology corporations and devoted to children as consumers of technology. At the outset, the authors admit that their book, Tap, Click, […]