The benefits of fostering an online community

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There are a lot of wonderful things children can do online. There has been research showing that many children find communities that they can't find in their face-to-face communities, and they find communities online. Children with health issues, cancer, children who may feel socially awkward, even playing MineCraft or some of these online video games. They find like-minds and it's nice to build a community in a place where it may be difficult in your day-to-day life to find people who are like you. So there are a lot of wonderful things. Another great thing that kids can do is create a Blogpost or create a Tumblr page, put up a picture, they can learn how to express themselves with words and really get what they're thinking out of their heads, and start to create things. I would encourage your child to do the fun things they can do with media, there are so many wonderful things they can do.

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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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