Dr. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski (pictured) is an Associate Professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and the Director of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media. She is also the co-author of Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth, which offers great insight into her research. Prior to academia, Jess worked at major children’s entertainment companies like PBS and Nickelodeon.
This is a special episode recorded live at VidCon 2018, in which we explore what Jess calls the “sunny and dark sides of media.” We address concerns of media addiction and whether media violence leads to aggressive or violent behavior, while also evaluating how digital media can help adolescents develop their social skills and accelerate learning. And finally, we discuss the role of social media platforms in regulating content as well as the part parents and government should play in determining kids’ media exposure.
James Creech is the Creator & Host of All Things Video, the first podcast dedicated to uncovering the past and charting the future of the online video ecosystem. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of Paladin, the essential influencer marketing platform for media companies, brands, and agencies.