Lisa Guernsey Sounds the Call for Media Mentors at TEDx MidAtlantic

Please watch this TEDx talk: How the iPad affects young children, and what we can do about it: Lisa Guernsey at TEDxMidAtlantic

Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, draws from research on an “older type of technology, called the children’s picture book” and suggests that we “think about screen media the same way we think about picture books with young kids.” Children’s librarians have been doing this for years with picture books and storytimes, and now we’re shifting our expertise to new forms of media.

Around the 12 minute mark Lisa unleashes her big idea, and the idea we’ve been working with her on for awhile now here at LittleeLit.

What if we were to commit to ensuring that every family with young children had access to a media mentor?

Guess who is mentioned FIRST as an example of a media mentors for families with young children?

Children’s librarians.

This is it, folks. This is where we shine, and where we will continue to shine as long as there’s content in any format being consumed by families with young children.

Say hello to your media mentors, families. We’re in almost every community, and we’re mobilizing to take on this new societal role, regardless of what new kinds of technologies come down the pike.

 

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Posted on May 5, 2014, in Literacy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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