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A recent piece in the Atlantic Monthly explores the efforts parents of color are making to shield their children from negative stereotypes. It highlights how many parents curate books, entertainment, and toys -- either eliminating or adding certain types of media -- with the goal of empowering their children and exposing them to positive images of characters that look like them. Parents say it's a challenge, and the results are mixed.

We hear from local parents who share their experiences and what they hope will change. Our guests: 

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, and aunt
  • Pastor Darryl E. Carter, senior pastor at JHKM Inc., and parent
  • Rodney Fields, parent
  • Shaun Nelms, associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, superintendent of East High School, and parent

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new recommendations for limiting media use among children. How can parents work under these guidelines and help their kids unplug and reconnect to non-digital activities?

A book called The Game is Playing Your Kid offers advice for monitoring and limiting screen time for children. The author, Dr. Joe Dilley, is in Rochester as a guest of the Norman Howard School. He joins us in studio to talk about how parents can help kids transition from overuse to more mindful use of technology. He's joined by Dr. Elizabeth Murray, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Author Seth Godin points out the following: "The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury's Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books." Godin writes that there has always been broccoli and candy when it comes to culture... but what happens if everything becomes candy?

What happens if all we read is click-bait? Heck, Godin notes that even Bravo and the History Channel have reality dating competitions. He urges us to "vote with our clicks," for starters, and we see if our panel agrees:

  • Erica Bryant, columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College
  • Eric Grode, director of the Goldring Arts Journalism program at Syracuse University and author of The Book of Broadway