Family Employee Resource Group: How to Support Your Children’s Learning from Technology

Date: Thu, 02/10/2022

Young children learning from screens – what works and what doesn’t?

In the spring of 2020, children and caregivers had to quickly adapt to learning from screens. This felt like a new and daunting challenge for many of us. However, we do have over 50 years of research on about young children’s learning from media, largely thanks to programs like Sesame Street and Blues Clues, that can inform best practices. In this session, we discussed what we know from research about children and screens and how caregivers can use that information to support their children’s learning.

Participants are able to…

  • Apply research insights to their own children’s media use
  • Identify resources for selecting high-quality media for children
  • Minimize challenges children experience while learning from screen-based devices

About the Speaker: Dr. Shina Aladé

Shina Aladé Headshot

Fashina (Shina) Aladé is a faculty member in the Advertising & Public Relations and Human Development & Family Studies departments. Her research lies at the intersection of media effects, developmental psychology, and early childhood education, with a focus on young children’s learning from educational media. In addition to her academic work, which has been published in journals such as Media Psychology and the Journal of Children and Media, she also works with organizations like WTTW Chicago and MediaKidz Research and Consulting, Inc. on a variety of projects evaluating children’s television programs and online games. Dr. Aladé is passionate about elucidating the ways that media and technology can be used to positively impact the lives of children and families. She often engages in outreach activities, such as professional development workshops for educators and creating tip sheets for children’s television producers, to make sure that her research reaches the people who need it most: parents, educators, and children’s media creators.