Philanthropy Now podcast: Early Childhood Learning and Digital Media: What Should Parents Know?

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Today we're featuring a conversation with Avo Makdessian, SVCF’s vice president and director of the Center for Early Learning, and Michelle Sioson Hyman, senior early learning officer.  Avo and Michelle discuss what the Center for Early Learning does, as well as their recent research on how technology and digital media affect young children.

Michelle talks about some of the foundational knowledge in the field and says parents don't have to restrict their children from technology entirely. We also touch on how developers can help solve the widening disparity between families who have access to quality digital media at an early age and those who do not. 


Avo Makdessian, vice president and director of SVCF's Center for Early Learning,
and Michelle Sioson-Hyman, senior officer at SVCF’s Center for Early Learning.


What you will learn:

  • Some stats about children in Silicon Valley, including the fact that 1 in 3 of our children don’t have the requisite skills for success in kindergarten
  • What the most up-to-date research can tell us about screentime and our children
  • The four Cs of good digital media usage: content, context, child and community
  • Why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its technology guidelines
  • How SVCF and the Center for Early Learning are working to make high-quality digital media more accessible for all kids
  • Why the most important part of any screentime is the interaction between you and your child

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