The 10th Anniversary special issue of the Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM) is here!  Called JOCAM NEXT, the issue includes forward-looking pieces about the future of research on children & media, from some of the leading thinkers in our field. Link to the special issue here - articles are free to download, for a limited time. 

Also included is Vicky Rideout's commentary on why it makes 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. 


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. 

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 >

The next wave of the Common Sense Census: Media Use Among 0-8 Year-Olds (2017).  We'll survey more than 1,000 parents to measure young children's access to and use of media, including television, touchscreens, computers, e-books, print, apps, and video games - and we'll look at the newest media such as Virtual Reality and virtual assistants (think Siri, or Alexa). And we'll track trends in screen use since the last study in 2013. 

May, 2016: Spoke at a Congressional Briefing sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee titled Digital Equity: Bridging the Digital Access Divide.  The briefing was the first in a series titled Education Through the Lens, which will explore various aspects of educational equity. 


March, 2016: Participated in a panel discussion with the SVP for current programming at NBC and others at an event for Hollywood writers and producers, hosted by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society and the Clinton Foundation, titled Parents, Hollywood, and the Power of Storytelling.


October 2015:  Participated in a panel discussion with Professor Craig Watkins at a strategic planning retreat for the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


October 2015:  Facilitated a session at the National Academy of Science's colloquium on Digital Media and Developing Minds in Irvine, California, which brought together neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, child development experts, pediatricians, media effects specialists, social scientists, experts in informatics and computer sciences, public health and environmental health scientists, educators and child advocacy groups to develop a common research agenda.


March 2015:  Presentation to a National Academies of Science workshop on changing behavioral health social norms.  Presentation focused on evaluationing the effects of health content embedded in the popular entertainment television show show Grey's Anatomy. Download the workshop proceedings or watch the workshop here.

October 2014:  Presentation about trends in digital media use among young children, and the ongoing importance of the digital divide, at the Digital Kids Summit. Watch a video of the presentation here 


July 2014:  Panel presentation at the Casual Connect conference in San Francsico.  Read the article "Vicky Rideout Believes in the Power of Media," or watch the panel video here.

June 2014:  Luncheon speaker at the Association of American Publishers conference Content in Context.  


March 2013:  Participated in a panel discussion with Participant Media, The Ad Council, and others at SXSW Interactive in Austin. Topic: Content integration for social causes. Listen to Podcast >

July 2012:  Spoke at The Aspen Institute Children’s Forum, on a panel about video games and health.

May 2012:  Served on The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, in collaboration with HBO’s series The Weight of the NationRead the Committee’s reportwatch the HBO specials, or read the New England Journal of Medicine’s commentary on our Committee’s recommendations.



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,

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