Time:  Feb 09, 2022
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

From cribs to iPotties and iPads, very young children are increasingly interacting with digital devices or are exposed to screens. Is this bad? After almost two years of pandemic life and its heavy toll on everyone’s mental health including those of young mothers – our reliance on technology is even more pervasive and ubiquitous. But what are the effects of increased early screen exposure on infants, babies, toddlers and preschoolers? What happens to the foundational cognitive, psychosocial, emotional and physical developmental needs during the critical first five years that may be challenged or enhanced by media?  Children and Screens’s Ask the Experts webinar Zero to Five: Eeny, Meeny, Mighty Tech” webinar on Wednesday, February 9th addressed these critical questions. 

Kicking off a trilogy about technology’s effects across childhood’s ages and developmental stages, a fascinating conversation was held by the world’s leading experts on topics on the minds of many parents, educators, clinicians, and researchers today such as screen time, technoference, apps, games and programs, parental controls and parasocial relationships (relationships with characters). A hand-picked interdisciplinary group answered all of your burning questions about tots and tech, such as: When is the best time to start my little one on digital media?, How much media is okay? and, How do I choose the best apps for my young child? How should I be parenting my toddler at this stage? 


  • Ellen Wartella, PhD

    Al Thani Professor of Communication, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
  • Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH

    Editor-in-Chief; Director; George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Health Services JAMA Pediatrics; Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; University of Washington School of Medicine
    Headshot of Dimitri Christakis
  • Courtney K. Blackwell, PhD, EdM

    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University
  • Naomi Aguiar, PhD

    Assistant Director of Research Oregon State University (Ecampus)
  • Rachel Barr, PhD

    Professor, Department of Psychology Georgetown University
  • Roberta Golinkoff, PhD

    Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair and Professor, School of Education University of Delaware
  • Sophie Brickman

    Journalist and Op-Ed Columnist; Author The Guardian; Baby, Unplugged

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "Zero to Five: Eeny, Meeny, Mighty Tech," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.