Workgroups

9:00 - 12:00 Participants will break up in small groups and brainstorm and flesh out a prioritized future research agenda concerning the impact of digital media on children and adolescents that have been proposed by workgroups during the year. 12:00 - 1:00 Break, Working buffet lunches served in and near breakout rooms 1:00 - 2:45 Breakout sessions to develop and flesh out a prioritized research agenda 2:45 - 3:00 Break 3:00 - 4:30 Report Out Small group discussions leaders: Carrie James, Research Director, Principal Investigator, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education Amy Jordan, Director of the Media and the Developing Child sector of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania Barbara Wilson, Executive Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Illinois Vicky Rideout, VJR Consulting, former Director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program for the Study of Media and Health Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Curriculum & Content, Sesame Workshop Kathryn Montgomery, Professor, American University Sandy Calvert, Director, Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, Brain and Creativity Institute; University of Southern California Dr. Michael Rich, Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital Melina Uncapher, Research Scientist, Stanford University, Co-founder/CEO Institute for Applied Neuroscience Dimitri Christakis, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute Rebecca Collins, Senior behavioral scientist, Director Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program, RAND Health, RAND Corporation Jane Brown, James L. Knight Professor Emerita, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Over 250 leading researchers, non-profits, experts, clinicians and writers from neuroscience, cognitive and social psychology, child psychiatry, pediatrics, education and public health are participating in the Institute as members of interdisciplinary workgroups. These workgroups synthesized current knowledge and outlined a scientific framework for understanding and evaluating the broad impact of digital media on children (infants through adolescence). The workgroups represent the comprehensive range of topics that needs to be covered, varying from cyberbullying, addiction, violent digital media, food marketing, media multitasking through media law and regulation, and importantly: advice to parents, pediatricians, educators and policymakers.

Together, these groups will work to formulate a national agenda around issues concerning digital technology and child development.