The Massachusetts Legislature’s House-Senate Joint Committee on Education recently heard testimony on behalf of legislation proposed to develop comprehensive media literacy education in kindergarten through 12th grade. I testified in strong support of this legislation because of my deep concern about how media and technology are affecting today’s young children and changing what and how they learn.
My concerns grow out of years of research on the issue and the seeming failure of educators and policymakers to take these changes into account in their work with children and families. My work led to the recently released book, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age. It is designed to empower early childhood educators do exactly what the Massachusetts legislation proposes.