Although most people recognize that all families are different, we still hear a lot of “one-size-fits all” suggestions for family media practices, such as limiting children’s media use to two hours per day, regardless of the type of media or the contexts in which they are used. This training presents data that show how differences in family contexts such as socio-economics, ethnicities, (dis)abilities, location, parents’ work schedules, and religious beliefs can impact family decisions connected with media use. It presents three common media guidance models and provides questions for discussion and critique. The aim of the training is to empower librarians and professionals by providing ways to support parents in their individual decision making as they guide their children’s selection and use of digital media.
There are two versions of this training – a short version (30-40 minutes) and a long version (45-60 min). The long version includes more discussion of ideas and applications of concepts than the short version. Both versions include powerpoints with speaker notes, pdf documents of the powerpoint slides with speaker notes, and handouts. The 10-minute narrated powerpoint video provides an overview of the ideas covered in this training.