Impact of Media and Video on Young Children


On Thursday, November 12th, ECFC and Media Impact Funders co-hosted a discussion on the impact of media and video on young children, with an eye on equity.  Guest speakers Rachel Barr, of the Georgetown University Early Learning Project, and Terry Harrak, of the Youth Law Center, joined us to discuss: 

  • Recent research on video interactions between young children and grandparents. 

  • Lessons from systems and settings that rely on video interaction between kids and families even in non-pandemic times (justice facilities, foster care, military families). 

As we all continue to grapple with distance learning and making and keeping virtual connections with kids and families during the pandemic, we considered key takeaways around how how children can optimally learn from video / media with a focus on relationships and social emotional learning, and how we can use those lessons to keep and improve virtual connections with kids and families beyond the pandemic. 

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