"The distinction between correlation and causation is not a mere technicality to acknowledge before moving on to a pre-ordained conclusion; it is fundamental to a correct interpretation of the work." Read Vicky Rideout's response to Jean Twenge's provocative Atlantic article on the London School of Economics' Parenting for a Digital Future blog.

Read Vicky Rideout's comments about teens and smart phones in the August 2018 issue of the Atlantic


The second wave of Social Media, Social Life - a survey of teen social media use for Common Sense Media;

A survey with University of Texas Professor Craig Watkins about Millennials' use of social media for social and political engagement;

An evaluation of a pro-social media campaign for the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail;

And more - stay tuned!  


Given the variety of activities children can undertake on their phones and tablets, does it make sense to talk about "screen time" any more?  And in this transmedia world, how can we effectively measure children's media usage - or should we even bother to try? 

Read Vicky Rideout's commentary in the Journal of Children and Media on why it does make sense to continue doing our best to measure the time children and teens spend with various types of media, using quantitative, nationally representative, probabilistic samples - despite the many challenges of doing so.  The article includes lots of key data from the recent Common Sense Census: Media Use By Tweens and Teens, now available in an academic journal. 


danah boyd puts the 'spotlight' on Vicky Rideout in the International Communications Association's newsletter for the Division on Children, Adolescents & Media 

read the interview >

Watch Politico's behind-the-scenes video about Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic Convention speech, including an interview with Vicky Rideout, director of speech writing for the Convention. 


Children’s Technology Review:

A Conversation With Vicky Rideout: Summarizing “Zero to Eight Children’s Media Use in America 2013″
October 31, 2013

Richard Rende Red Hot Parenting blog, Parents.com:

New Data Reveal How Dominant Screen Time Is In Kids’ Lives
October 30, 2013 at 7:37 am, by Richard Rende

Psychology Today:

Rethinking the Role of Digital Media in Family Life
June 5, 2013


Young Parents Don't Stress Over Kids' Media Use: Survey
June 4, 2013

Medical Daily:

Is The "Screen Time" Issue A Media Creation? 55% Of Parents Unconcerned With Children's Heavy Electronics Use
June 4, 2013

Cooney Center:

Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology
June 6, 2013

US New and World Report:

Young Parents Don't Stress Over Kids' Media Use: Survey
June 4, 2013

Los Angeles Times:

Television in kids' rooms: Really a bad idea, says study
December 11, 2012, LA Times

New York Times:

Are Apps for 3-Year-Olds Really Educational?
October 26, 2011, New York Times

Washington Post:

Many teens tell survey they’re addicted to social media, texting
June 26, 2012, Washington Post

Infants and toddlers spending twice as much time with TV, DVDs as they are with books, new report says
October 25, 2011, Washington Post

Young kids spend more time with screens than pages
October 25, 2011, Washington Post

The Circuit: Netflix; Google Buzz; Kids and media
October 25, 2011, Washington Post

Wall Street Journal:

More Kids Sleep With TV, Study Finds
October 27, 2011, Wall Street Journal

Huffington Post:

Kids Spend More Time With Screens Than Books
October 25, 2011, Huffington Post Parents

Screen Time, Young Kids and Literacy: New Data Begs Questions
October 25, 2011, Huffington Post Education

Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Today’s teens: Plugged in and pleased about it
June 26, 2012, Atlanta Journal Constitution


‘App gap’ emerges highlighting savvy mobile children
October 25, 2011, GigaOm


Social Media-Connected Teens Seek Time Offline
June 26, 2012, Mashable 

National Journal:

Poll Finds Widespread Use of Social Media by Teens
June 26, 2012, National Journal


The Kids Are Online 7 percent of tots 4 and under already have their own Facebook pages
March 28, 2012, AdWeek


Obesity fight must shift from personal blame-U.S. panel
May 8, 2012, Reuters