Thank you so much for your interest in our work to help children safely and productively navigate the digital world in which we all increasingly live! I spent over 15 years as a content developer and a senior film executive at studios such as MGM and then earned a PhD in child psychology from UCLA where I researched the impact of media on children. I am also the mom of two digital teens, a boy and a girl, so I get that none of this is easy. This unique background informs my perspective.
My hope is that the work I do (along with many talented colleagues) will help adults learn what is real and what is hype on the critical matter of raising kids in the 21st century. I strive not to give into the agenda of any “side” in the discussion, and instead speak to the facts. I also do my best to provide concrete tools and tips for parenting and supervising kids through the most commonly faced concerns about raising our children in this digital age.
Feel free to email me with any questions and I will do my best to help you!
Below is a list of a few of the many things I do, along with some of the outlets.
I’m an expert in child development with an emphasis on research about media and technology in three areas:
1. Author and Contributing Columnist
- Book: Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Non-Fiction Parenting book that summarizes social science research on how media affects kids and also provides parents facts and tools
- Contributing columnist: Zocalo, Huff Post, Great Schools, Common Sense
2. Speaker (full list and testimonials here)
- Independent and public schools such as Georgetown Visitation, Morristown School District, Mirman, Archer School for Girls and more
- Conferences, company retreats for Netflix and Sprout, Authors at Google (link to right and on speakers page), etc.
3. Commentator on Research and Parenting (full list here) – a few outlets below
- Print: NY Times, 2015: November, October, May; 2014: August, August ; Wall Street Journal, LA Times, USA Today, NY Post (see link for more)
- Radio: NPR, BBC World Service
- TV: MSNBC, BBC Click, KTLA
I work with Common Sense, the national non-profit:
- Supporting their Hollywood outreach and strategy
- Supervising a character strengths and life skills grant funded by the Bezos and Templeton Foundations
- Giving their local Supporter School Talks
I work with entertainment and technology companies as a consultant:
- Henson Pictures as consultant on a television series based on Randy Zuckerberg’s children book Dot
- I work with Disney Channel
4. Research Scientist with Children’s Digital Media Center@LA (UCLA)
- We’ve published several papers including Five Days without Screens, which measured the change in understanding non-verbal emotional cues when 6th graders spent five days at an outdoor education camp without screens
- Also a series of fame studies (link to the first) examining how television and social media may inform the values of children today.
- I’ve taught college and high school students.