Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is an international non-profit organization founded in 2013 to understand and address compelling questions regarding media’s impact on child development through interdisciplinary dialogue, public information, and rigorous, objective research bridging the medical, neuroscientific, social science, public health, educational, and academic communities.

At Children and Screens, we see an urgent need not only to advance research in the field, but also to more effectively share this research in ways that can positively influence policy and support families, educators, and others in making decisions about media with and for children.

We understand that it is not enough to look at questions of digital media use among children from a single perspective—whether medical, educational, or sociological. Rather, effective progress requires a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, “kaleidoscopic” approach. For this reason, Institute staff, partners, and colleagues represent a wide range of fields including pediatrics, child psychiatry, child psychology, neuroscience, communications, public health, education, and more. By bringing together experts from across both the medical and social sciences, the Institute seeks to broaden how the field is defined, the kind of questions that can be asked, and the diversity of impact that can be investigated.

What We Do

The Institute is committed to advancing and supporting interdisciplinary research, educating the public, influencing sound public policy for child health and wellness, and enhancing human capital in the field.

Who We Are

Since 2013, the Children and Screens team has sought to help young people lead healthy lives in our increasingly digital world. Our work is guided by our founder’s vision, input from our Board of Directors, National Scientific Advisory Board, and the continual efforts of our staff and interns.

Work With Us

Our organization provides a collaborative, fully-remote environment where our team works together to bring our mission to life. Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while making a difference in the lives of children and families.