Book Notes & Links


Chapter 2: The Media Plan—Harvesting Growth Opportunities
from Media

We have an obesity epidemic in the US because too many children are left to themselves to follow unhealthy market-driven popular diets (see and

Like daily meals, it is imperative to set up regular family interactive media or online sessions. Innovative human interface devices like dance (,) exercise (,) mind control (,) or musical technologies like a fine Internet-connected grand piano (,) and composing keyboard ( provide great opportunities for hours of family fun and education.

For example, should we allow cell phones for a child eight years old? There certainly are advantages and

Having an overall Family Media Plan in place will make such decisions easier, especially when integrated into the cell phone itself (

Healthy, older children increasingly connect more intensely with peers using cell phones, online instant messaging, text messaging, and e-mailing. The impact of these practices on social and family relationships is receiving more thoughtful attention

Some social networks that are public-service minded and partner with pro-social video games are becoming more and more community-oriented (

However, in older kids, the initial unqualified excitement about a computer for every child has become significantly tempered ( and related links.) While once widely used, fewer parents are actually using educational software today (\Shell\Open\Command).

Make use of storage devices like the Kindle or memory cards for PDAs and flash drives ( that make accessible lots of visual and auditory information otherwise available only in bulky books from libraries.

There are encouraging applications of video games in education (