The Institute of Digital Media and Child Development provides general advice for parents about how to raise and nurture a child while remaining conscious of the positives and negatives of screen time. This is a research-based organization, and they receive most of their funding from independent donors and grants. They claim to be “…America’s only independent, interdisciplinary research organization devoted to understanding the impact of media and technology on toddlers, adolescents, and children,” and they use this distinction to try to lobby for more research on the effects of screens. They host conferences and talks about the development of adolescences and the effect of screens on this process, and they seem to be in the forefront of the field. There are a multitude of articles on this site, both news and research-based, about the effects of screen time on developing children. This organization most likely provided Screenagers with a large portion of the information that was used in the film, and can be a key player in our own research, as a large portion of the information available about the topic of screens and development can be found here.
Sherry Turkle is an Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Her professional works study about how screens are affecting people nowadays. Her recent books are “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age” and “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other” besides this, she has written several books focusing on the psychology of human relationships with technology, especially in the realm of how people relate to computational objects.
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