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Wonsun Shin for Pursuit

COVID-19 restrictions have forced many activities to be carried out on digital devices. Wonsun Shin shared her views on how families can effectively navigate and balance the digital media landscape during COVID-19, with the University of Melbourne’s Pursuit team.


Wonsun Shin for SBS

With extended lockdowns and remote learning, many parents are worried about the excessive amount of time their children spend on digital media. What can parents do to manage their children’s digital media use during the pandemic? Wonsun Shin shared her views on the effective parental mediation during lockdowns with SBS Korean for the Korean community in Australia.


No magic formula to children's screen time

Lim Sun Sun and Andrew Yee For The Straits Times

Instead of setting rigid screen time limits for children at home during these unprecedented times, parents should steer them towards cognitively stimulating content that promotes positive social development.


Stuck at home due to Covid-19, should parents cut some slack on kids’ screen time?

Andrew Yee and Lim Sun Sun for TODAY

As the world comes to a standstill due to Covid-19, travel restrictions, leaves of absence, and stay home notices will become increasingly common. In today’s wired world, one typical way to occupy children is to use digital media to engage or placate them while parents attend to their professional obligations.


Commentary: COVID-19 is the perfect time to play video games

Andrew Yee and Jeremy Sng for CNA

Video games like Animal Crossing can be the perfect vehicle for people to regain control and connect with loved ones during these troubling coronavirus times. For those who are unable to venture to physical hangouts, these video games can offer solace and a virtual third place to meet old friends and make new ones.


Coming Soon | Screen-Smart: Children in the Digital Age

Estimated Publication Date: May 2022

Authors: Wonsun Shin and May O. Lwin

Our upcoming comic book “Screen Smart” (tentative), authored by two experts in children and media in collaboration with a cartoonist, will aim to enhance children’s understanding of screen media in a more accessible and entertaining way. Covering an extensive range of issues relating to children’s use of screen media, this book will educate young children how diverse types of screen media affect their daily lives, explain both bright and dark sides of screen media use, and help children make informed decisions regarding their media use. By providing a balanced discussion of both positive and negative aspects of screen media use and easy-to-follow tips in each chapter, this book will encourage children to make the most of the benefits provided by screen media and develop resilience to media-related risks.

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