Smart Screen Time

Summer of Possibilities

Summer of Possibilities

There are so many different ways to play, each with its characteristics and strengths. We tend to think of play in its most open-ended form, when kids are in a setting (such as a playground, a bedroom, a swimming pool), often with other kids, and they seize the...

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Spring Time and Screen Time

Spring Time and Screen Time

 Ah, it’s springtime, when the plants are in bloom, the animals are frolicking, and young minds turn to... exactly what they were doing all winter. No! That’s not right! We want to shake things up! But our kids are not always ready to follow our lead, especially if...

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Loveable, Old Grover

Loveable, Old Grover

Helllooo, everybodeee!  This column is presumably about screens, but I’m going to talk mostly about books. One book in particular: “The Monster at the End of This Book.” It’s a remarkable creation from the early days of Sesame Street that remains as fresh and...

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25 Years of Arthur

25 Years of Arthur

Chances are high that many of you who grew up with “Arthur” are now seeing your children do the same. After over 250 episodes, including many fabulous guest voices and innumerable sassy remarks from D.W., final new episodes air this winter. (In case you were...

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Catching Up With Literacy

Catching Up With Literacy

Literacy development has been especially difficult to foster during the pandemic. Access to libraries was dramatically curtailed, and when virtual instruction was the only form available, phonics and other technical aspects of reading were very hard to get...

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I Want!

I Want!

It’s the time of year for amazing, heartwarming holiday specials, accompanied by tons of commercials aimed at children. If your family embraces the commercials along with everything else holiday-themed, here are some things to think about and discuss with your kids,...

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Getting Outside and Slowing Down

Getting Outside and Slowing Down

At last, the weather seems to be cooperating enough to allow us quality outdoor time. A perhaps surprising number of shows on PBS Kids – such as “Curious George,” “Nature Cat,” “Molly of Denali” and “Wild Kratts,” among others – encourage children to get outside. This...

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Smart Chatterboxes

Smart Chatterboxes

During this pandemic, we can make two generalizations about youth social life: in-person social activity has gone way down, and screen time has gone way up. With in-person time reduced, kids have had fewer chances to engage in free play, structured schooling and other...

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What’s In A Game?

What’s In A Game?

I have a pretty nice job in that every so often, in the midst of thinking about getting PBS resources to the public, I have to ask myself, “Is it fun?” No matter the educational value, our resources will not gain a following if they don’t bring joy.   The...

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Road Trip

Road Trip

I’ve been there. You’re packing for the summer car trip. You know that the destination will be amazing but the journey itself may present some challenges. So in order to keep the peace, you dole out the devices. Perhaps you embrace the moment for yourself with a...

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Smart Screen Time-May 2021

Smart Screen Time-May 2021

  Like nearly every media company in the world right now, PBS KIDS has seen the numbers of its viewers and game players rise, along with the amount of time people are on screens. We are happy that we can be a haven for families that are looking for safe,...

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