In this episode of iQ: smartparent,all parents hope to be role models for their kids - but when it comes to media habits, kids are paying attention to how mom and dad use media and the habits they're picking up from you aren't always good. Clinical psychologist and nationally renowned author Catherine Steiner-Adair, discusses her book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.She reveals ways to alter tech so it serves as a complement to daily life and learning,... [see more] rather than a barrier to authentic family moments. Then, Dr. James Huguley, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work and Center on Race and Social Problems, discusses ways for families of color to help their children interpret negative and stereotypical portrayals of minorities in the media. And, Shelley Pasnik, Director of The Center For Children and Technology and author of the PBS Parent's Guide to Children and Media,explains healthy ways for parents to join their children in media consumption and media-making to promote thoughtful use of digital technology. In addition, this episode includes a field package featuring a pediatrician from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh who explain the significant ways in which digital devices contribute to sleep disruption, and the impact it's having on young people's physical and emotional health.
A 2015 Emmy Award-winner, IQ: SMARTPARENT equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully guide their children in the use of digital media and technology. The series, which was co-created and executive produced by Peabody Award winner Angela Santomero, addresses children's media consumption, from helping them discern between fiction and reality to safeguarding their online identities.