For our response to parents who are adjusting to new technology routines during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see Tips for Parents.
Many children are spending increasing amounts of time each day using a wide range of screen media (e.g. smartphones, iPads, and laptops). Numerous government and local agencies provide advice to parents and other caregivers about children’s screen media practices. However, parents and caregivers sometimes struggle when trying to navigate this information and advice, and many youth services librarians are unsure how to talk to parents about becoming a “media mentor” for their children. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drexel University, and the University of Oklahoma will conduct research and develop screen media education training modules for public librarians and community partners working with parents and other caregivers of children ages 5 to 11. Navigating Screens will create locally-adaptable training modules to be tested in six highly diverse libraries in three areas of the United States. The project will run from October 2017 to September 2020.