Read Vicky Rideout's response to the Atlantic's article, "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation," on the London School of Economics' blog Parenting for a Digital Future. "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 the blog >

 

A survey with University of Texas Professor Craig Watkins about Millennials' use of social media for social and political engagement, with a special focus on African American and Hispanic young adults; and a study of social media and mental and emotional well-being among teens and young adults, for HopeLab. And more - stay tuned!  


Given the variety of activities children can undertake on their phones and tablets, does it even 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. 

The NO MORE Project
In December 2009, a group of some of the country’s leading funders and activists in the domestic violence and sexual assault movement came together to talk about how to take their issues higher on the national agenda:  to raise the visibility of their cause, bring it out of the shadows and into the light.  They came up with an idea: to create a “brand” – a visual icon – for members of the public to use to express their concern about the issue.  Then they hired VJR Consulting to help make that vision a reality.   We organized “think tanks” with leaders from the worlds of branding, marketing, and media; developed criteria and goals for the new symbol; brought a leading brand design firm on board; established an organizational structure for the effort; conducted consumer research, and developed a strategic plan for implementation.  VJR COnsulting came back on board in 2014 to help negotiate media partnerships to place the newly-created PSAs on TV. 

During the 2015 NFL playoffs it was hard to miss the NO MORE PSAs featuring various players, several of whom had grown up in abusive homes themselves.  Check out this January 2015 New York Times article The Small Team Behind No More. For more about this project, read Ad Age’s article about the development of the No More project, see Vice President Biden wearing the No More symbol, browse  Tim Gunn's blog about No More, watch a clip from Law & Order: SVU featuring the NO MORE message, or visit the NO MORE website for more information.

And check out this incredible story about Christine Mau, brand design director for Kimberly-Clark group (Kleenex, Huggies) and one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch,” who was recruited by VJR Consulting to participate in the NO MORE project.

The NO MORE television PSAs were created by the Joyful Heart Foundation. Read the Huffington Post piece about the launch of the PSA campaign and watch Mariska Hargitay tell Katie Couric about making her directorial debut with this PSA campaign.  In addition to the NFL partnership, our other media efforts include a major new campaign from Viacom, featured on MTV, BET and other networks (read the press release and watch the PSAs here).  Another ground-breaking partnership was forged with USA television network, which has hosted NO MORE marathons featuring long-form programming on domestic violence and sexual assault, custom "wraps" on related topics such as sexual assault in the military or teen dating abuse, and the NO MORE PSAs.  Learn more about the USA partnership here.  And Fox News has been with us from the beginning, generously donating substantial amounts of prime air time.