Biannually, the Research To Inform Practice fellowship pairs one staff member from our partner school, the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning, with a Crane researcher for a four-month program to work together on issues affecting classroom practice. Rebecca Dore, senior research associate for Crane, and Kate Galvin, preschool lead teacher, were selected for this cohort of the fellowship and focused on media use with children. One of their three fellowship deliverables, “Screen time as story time: Using media with your child”, was shared on BOLD (blog on learning and development).
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For 33 years on American public television, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood revolutionized the way children watched TV. The show’s repetition, gentle pace, and intentional language proved that television could be developmentally appropriate, educational, and still captivating to young children. Today, with the success of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and a biopic starring Tom Hanks to be released in 2019, many are looking back to Mister Rogers for guidance in the age of digital media.
On average, children under 8 spend over 2 hours a day with screen media. Many parents are concerned about their children’s screen time, but research can provide some guidance for using media in positive ways. One of the most important takeaways is that children learn more from media when adults are involved and help them understand the material they are encountering.