The Effects of Media on Children

City Mom

It’s been said that today’s parent faces a unique challenge that the generations of parents before us did not have to face. And that is raising children in a world that is so technology focused. The creators of this technology never actually grew up with it so we’re sailing in uncharted waters so to speak.

Personally I find it totally overwhelming when I hear the conversations around technology and television and our children. There’s good news though and that comes from Dr. Dimitri Christakis, the author of The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids.

Dr. Christakis says that not all technology is negative, “There are many very high-quality television programs for children…and many ways we can help make technology work for parents.”

This levels the playing field in my opinion and I’m eager to learn more. How can I find a healthy balance of media usage for my daughter? How many hours of television is okay and what type of shows are going to do more good than harm?


Fortunately I’ll be able to learn the answers to these questions on October 11 as Montessori House of Children presents The Effects of Media on Children with Dr. Dimitri Christakis.

Dr. Christakis will be in London to educate parents and caregivers on how to reduce, modify and optimize media usage in children ages 0 – 18. He’ll provide constructive and developmentally appropriate alternatives to screen time.


  • Date: October 11, 2011
  • Time: 7 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Shuttleworth Auditorium, St.Joseph’s Health Centre, London
  • Cost: $20 per ticket
  • Tickets available at Montessori House of Children, Main Office at 711 Waterloo Street or call 519-433-9121 or email

What a great opportunity for London parents to learn this important developmental information for our children.


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