We’ve all been there before. Whining kids at a grocery store with their dad, they can’t sit still until finally the dad hands over his iPhone, and peace is restored. Kids are growing up with media all around them, from computers to smartphones to tablets to flat-screen TVs. And even in households without as many screens, kids find ways to get their media fix at school, the library or at friends’ homes. We decided to do another in-depth special report focused on “Kids & Media” all this week on MediaShift, and likely into next week. We have great expert advice, an interview with a kid, and a live chat coming up on Aug. 3 on Twitter — so you can join in and share your experience.

All the Kids & Media Posts

> Screen Time for Kids: Balancing Fun, Learning, Media Creation by Tina Barseghian

> How to Control (Or At Least Influence) Children’s Media Access by Dorian Benkoil

> The Parent Show: Will Augmented Reality Be Our Kids’ Reality? by PBS Parents

> The Literacy of Gaming: What Kids Learn From Playing by Aran Levasseur

> Glaser & Son Dissect the Best Screens for Kids by Mark Glaser

> Twitter Chat: How to Avoid Ads for Kids, Share Meaningful Media Moments moderated by Mark Glaser, with guests Courtney Lowery Cowill from MediaShift, Caroline Knorr from Common Sense Media and Tracey Wynne from PBS Parents.

> When Should You Introduce Your Child to a Smartphone or Tablet? by Laura Lewis Brown of PBSParents

> Overexposed? Baby Photos in An Age of Facebook by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

> A Parent’s Guide to Streaming Video by Chris Pursell.


What do you think about our series? Did we miss anything? Share your thoughts on how your kids use media and what you’d like to see change about it.

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.