Navigating Screens Research Project
Most children are spending increasing amounts of time each day using a wide range of screen media, such as smartphones, laptops, and TV’s. Parents and other caregivers are often unsure of the best ways to manage their children’s media use, and most youth services librarians are unequipped to talk to parents about teaching good screen use habits. Working with 51 parents and 24 community professionals in three U.S. states, Navigating Screens researchers studied how parents and other caregivers of children ages 5-11 manage media use within their families and source of media use guidance available in their communities.
Based on the results of this research, we developed a series of professional training materials to teach librarians and other community professionals how to help parents guide their children toward more balanced media use. This website brings together all that we learned from the project. It includes project publications, presentations, and training materials, all of which are available for free public use and adaptation under Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0.
Navigating Screens is a joint project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drexel University, and the University of Oklahoma. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #LG-96-17-0220-17. This project ran from 2018 to 2021; this website is no longer being updated.