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Lisa Guernsey is director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America. She leads teams of writers and analysts to examine policies, tell stories, and generate ideas on new approaches to help disadvantaged students succeed.  Prior to her work at New America, Lisa worked as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has also contributed to several national publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Slate, and USA TODAY, and she is the author of College.Edu (Octameron Associates, 1997-2010) and Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012). Her latest book, with Michael H. Levine, is Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

Lisa won a 2012 gold Eddie magazine award for a School Library Journal article on e-books for kids and has served on several national advisory committees on early education, including the Institute of Medicine's 2014 Committee on the Science of Children Birth To Age 8. She holds a master’s in English/American studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Lisa lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her two daughters.

Screen Time

How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child

Screen Time

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Common-Sense, Science-Based Advice on Toddler Screen Time -- Finally!


A new message has broken through—part of a wave of pronouncements rooted in science that could make way for new approaches and push “screen time” to be much more than an electronic babysitter.