Remote Control Childhood: Combating the Hazards of Media Culture in Schools


Diane Levin, PhD

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New Horizons in Education

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December 1, 2010

The process by which children learn is transformed by media in ways that undermine play, problem solving, active learning, and social development. This article outlines the history of what CCFC’s Diane Levin calls “remote control childhood,” and the multiple ways that children are affected—including sexualized behavior, violent behavior, and consumerism. Strategies for dealing with remote control childhood are outlined.



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