November 1, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Highlighting the Positive Development of Minority Children
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved November 1, 2013
  2. New Six-Minute Video Discusses the Science of Neglect
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved November 1, 2013
  3. Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013
      Source: Common Sense Media - Retrieved November 1, 2013
  4. First Concern to Action Tool Kit
      Source: Autism Speaks - Retrieved October 30, 2013

1. Highlighting the Positive Development of Minority Children

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved November 1, 2013

A new two-page policy brief from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Highlighting the Positive Development of Minority Children (October 2013), summarizes a number of facts and findings from the research underscoring the importance of focusing on and learning more about the positive development, adaptation and adjustment of minority children, rather than focusing mostly on maladjustment and adversity. The brief summarizes a longer Social Policy Report, Positive Development of Minority Children (2013), by Natasha Cabrera and the SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee.

2. New Six-Minute Video Discusses the Science of Neglect

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved November 1, 2013

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published a new 6-minute video, InBrief: The Science of Neglect (2013), which explains how significant neglect can harm a young child's development, including cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body's stress response. It also looks at why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation. The video provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain (2012), a working paper by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. A two-page summary is also available.

3. Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013

Source: Common Sense Media - Retrieved November 1, 2013

Common Sense Media has published a new research report, Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013 (Fall 2013), which is based on the results of a large-scale, nationally representative survey on the media use of children age zero to eight. The study replicated the methods used in an earlier 2011 study and documents how children's media environments and behaviors have changed since then. See this infographic for highlights. Some findings include:

  • 72% of young children have used mobile media compared to 38% two years ago, and the average amount of time children spend using mobile devices has increased from 5 to 15 minutes a day.
  • 65% of poor and minority children have access to mobile media devices and applications compared to 22% two years ago, but there is still a large gap between rich and poor.
  • 38% of children under 2 have used a smartphone, tablet, or similar device for playing games, watching videos, or engaging in related activities, compared to 10% two years ago.

4. First Concern to Action Tool Kit

Source: Autism Speaks - Retrieved October 30, 2013

Autism Speaks has developed a First Concern to Action Tool Kit (2013), which is meant to provide families of children under the age of five with:

  • An overview of early child development;
  • Guidance on what to do if they have a concern about their child's development;
  • Information about obtaining an evaluation for their child's development and treatment options, if needed.

The kit is also available in Spanish.