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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

USA Today carried the story Kids’ electronic media use jumps to 53 hours a week. If one goal of local historical organizations is to be where people are, and children spend 53 hours a week on average with electronic gadgets, what should local history museums be thinking about?

One approach might be to embrace all of the eGadgets and aim to put programming in them where children will encounter them. Another might be to include more of this kind of hardware in our exhibits, websites, and public programming. Another still might be to forgo eMedia altogether to offer children a break from what they do, instead of piling on more time. There should be further strategies: how will you use electronic gadgets to your advantage?

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One Response to Finding eTime with Children

  1. Rose Sherman says:

    You might be interested in this report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, published last week, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds at http://www.kff.org/entmedia/mh012010pkg.cfm.

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