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Turning On or Tuning Out: The Influence of Media on Young Children’s Development

In this podcast, Dr. Ellen Wartella talks about recent research on the impact of media on young children and how parents can use this information to make good decisions around the use of TV and other “screens”. 

Dr. Wartella is professor of Communications and Psychology at Northwestern University and has been doing research on children and the media for over 30 years. 


1.  Listen to this podcast

2.  Learn more about Ellen Wartella, PhD

Additional Resources: 

Read about Key Findings from ZERO TO THREE’s 2009 National Parent Survey

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The Link Between Television Viewing and Childhood Obesity

Frequently Asked Questions:

My 2-year-old can't get enough television
. I limit what he watches to educational programs, but he freaks out when I try to turn off the TV. Other than getting rid of the television, what are my options? 



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