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Navigating Screen and Media Use During a Pandemic and Beyond

The ZERO TO THREE Journal | Vol 41 No 2
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The past 9 months of living through a global pandemic have driven families out of public places, including child care settings and schools, doctor’s offices, libraries, and play spaces. Furthermore, social distancing has isolated children and families from friends, extended family members, and informal interaction in the community. As a result, screen media and related technology has taken center stage as a way to maintain relationships, provide entertainment, and obtain services such as health care and early intervention. The collection of articles in this issue provide a timely discussion of what we know about screen and media in the lives young children, what we need to better understand, and how professionals who work with children and families are providing high-quality care despite unprecedented challenges.

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Table of Contents

Pg 5-Advocating for a Child-Centered Digital Environment

Jenny S. Radesky

Pg 14-Weaving Media Literacy Into Young Children’s Explorations on and off Screens

Lisa Guernsey

Pg 21-Virtual Family Time: How Families Connect via Video Chat

Rachel Barr, Olivia Blanchfield, Elisabeth McClure, Ellen Roche, Jennifer M. Zosh, Gabrielle A. Strouse, Georgene L. Troseth, and Lauren J. Myers

Pg 30-Technoference: Parent Mobile Device Use and Implications for Children and Parent–Child Relationships

Brandon T. McDaniel

Pg 37-Getting the Most Out of Screen Time: The PBS KIDS Approach to Learning Through Media

Sara DeWitt

Also in This Issue

Pg 2-This Issue and Why It Matters

Stefanie Powers

Pg 4-ZERO TO THREE Competencies for Prenatal to Age 5 Professionals: Understanding the P-5 Competency Domains

Pg 45-Telehealth During COVID-19: Advantages, Challenges, and Barriers Across Zero to Three Programs

Joy D. Osofsky, Angela W. Keyes, Allision Boothe Trigg, Amy B. Dickson, and LaKisha Y. Mamon

Pg 54-PERSPECTIVES Who Cares? The Parallel Process of Marginalizing Babies, Families, and Infant Mental Health Practice as Care Work

Tanika Eaves

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