How we make an impact

Publishing our Research: 

Radesky Lab on Google Scholar  

A relationship-based framework for early childhood media use (Click link to download article) 

American Academy of Pediatrics - Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health:

The Center of Excellence has three main goals. These include 1) improving pediatric mental wellbeing by reducing the risks and leveraging the benefits of social media, 2) building the capacity of individuals who work with youth so that they can mitigate social media’s impact on mental wellbeing, and 3) provide communication, guidance, trainings, webinars, and focus groups that are evidence-based and utilize best practices to promote healthy social media use. Research that is conducted here at the Radesky Lab is used to develop the resources we give families through the Center of Excellence.

If you would be interested in participating in future online focus groups, please reach out to us at with your name, occupation, age of child(ren), and a brief description of why you are interested.

If you have any questions about social media and mental health that you would like to ask our expert staff and medical directors, please follow this link to our Q&A portal.


Radesky Lab Research in the Media -
Here are a few of our favorites:

Michigan Medicine - December 2022

    Frequently using digital devices to soothe young children may backfire

Common Sense Media - June 2022

    Who Is the “You” in YouTube? Missed Opportunities in Race and Representation in Children’s YouTube Videos 

CNN - March 2021

     Screen time and kids: What have we learned in the last year?

AAP News - December 2020

How to help families navigate the challenges of remote learning

Common Sense Media - September 2020

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight, 2020

Common Sense Media - March 2020

Kids' TV Has Rules. It's the Internet's Turn.

New York Times - April 2020 

Agonizing Over Screen Time? Follow the Three C’s

Mashable - September 2019

Why it's time to rethink online safety for kids

Michigan Today - September 2019

Digital playground

NPR - June 2019

Can Screens Help Your Child's Brain? 4 Tips To Get The Most From Kids' Media

The Hill - April 2019

Children are getting too much screen time, but we shouldn't blame the parents

The New York Times - March 2019

 Reading to Your Toddler? Print Books Are Better Than Digital Ones

The New York Times - October 2018

Your Kid's Apps Are Crammed With Ads

Wired - May 2018

Hey Alexa, what are you doing to my kids' brain? 

UofM Health Lab - February 2018

Persuasive Digital Design: Appealing to Adults, Problematic for Kids? 

NPR - February 2018

What the screen time experts do with their own kids

HuffingtonPost - January 2018

The 9 most important scientific studies for parents of 2017

The New York Times - March 2017

The guilty secret of distracted parenting

TODAY Show - April 2015

How cell phones are affecting families – and what to do about it