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Special Symposium: The New Media Generation: Implications of Computer and Video Game Use for Parents and Teachers

Allison Druin, Director and Associate Professor, Human Computer Interaction Laboratory, College of Information Studies; Sandra Hofferth, Director, Maryland Population Research Center, Professor of Family Science, School of Public Health; Melanie Killen, Professor, Human Development, College of Education, Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychology
When Oct 04, 2010
from 11:45 AM to 01:30 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

The use of computers at home increased between 1997 and 2008 for elementary school-aged children and hand-held or console-based video games remain popular.  This symposium will describe the increased use of computers and video games by children over the past decade, describe how children interact with computers, and describe children’s video game behavior.  Presenters will discuss the consequences of computer and video game use for children and adolescents, with an eye towards parental management of their children’s media use and the implications for schools, including higher education.  University of Maryland Faculty from the School of Public Health and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the College of Education, and the College of Information Studies will present their latest research and discuss their results.

About the Speakers

Allison Druin, College of Information Studies

Allison Druin 

Allison Druin is Director and Associate Professor of Human Computer Interaction Laboratory in the College of Information Studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico.  Her current research focuses on technology design for children.  In 1998, Professor Druin and others began a unique technology design team, which creates and evaluates new technologies. 


Sandra Hofferth, School of Public Health

Sandra Hofferth, Director 

Sandra Hofferth is Director of the Maryland Population Research Center and Professor of Family Science in the School of Public Health.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina.  Her research focuses on American children's use of time, work and family, research methods, fathers and fathering, and family policy.


Melanie Killen, College of Education

Melanie Killen 

Melanie Killen is Professor of Human Development in the College of Education and Affiliate Professor of Psychology.  She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research focuses on social and moral reasoning about events that involve ambiguity, cultural norms, and stereotypic expectations; the role of intergroup contact, social cognition, and experience with unfair treatment as it bears on children’s and adolescents' evaluations of exclusion in multiple contexts; explicit judgments and implicit bias regarding peer encounters. Website:


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