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Coming Up On Connections: Friday, October 28th

Oct 28, 2016

First hour: The youth vote

Second hour: New screen time recommendations for children

Election Day is less than two weeks away, and while much is in question, one thing is indisputable: millennials could be a deciding factor in this year’s presidential race…if they vote. A Gallup poll found that only 47 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 say they will definitely cast their ballot on November 8. Why aren’t more millennials expected at the polls? Is it about the candidates, or the issues, or the outreach? And how have (or how will) so-called “millennial movements” impact the youth vote? We’ll address all of these issues with our guests:

  • Dr. Ruth Milkman, distinguished professor of sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Illy Ali, bartender at Turcott’s Taproom
  • Jessica Lewis, principal publicist and owner of LáLew Public Relations
  • Hoody Miller, youth educator and garden manager for the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • BJ Scanlon, local Democratic activist

Then in our second hour, we’re living in an evolving technology landscape where it may sometimes seem like you can’t escape the glow of a screen. What does this mean for children? More than 92 percent of kids have used a mobile device as early as four months old. While educational media has its benefits, too much screen time – especially of non-educational media – can have negative effects on kids' health and development. So how much media exposure is safe for babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens? The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new screen time recommendations. We’ll break them down, talk about the effects screen time has on kids, and answer your questions. Our guests:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Heidi Connolly, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Celeste Barkley, lead organizer for The Children’s Agenda