11/27/2011 topic: children; hour one: kids and media; hour two: foster care

Dr. Jennifer Gregg 8-9 PM

website: jennifergregg.com

Dr. Jennifer Gregg is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Communication Department at the University of Louisville.  Dr. Gregg is the editor of the Kentucky Journal of Communication and was awarded the 2010 Graduate Mentor Award by the Kentucky Communication Association.

Planned topics (time permitting)

  • 1. What are the recommendations for media use by children?
  • 2. We hear so much about the effects of the Internet and video games.  Do we need to worry about television anymore?
  • 3. What are the effects of heavy media use?
  • 4.  Are there any positive effects of media use?
  • 5.  What about “social media” like Facebook?


Tom Cooper 8-9 PM
website: fastmediamediafast.com
Book: Fast Media / Media Fast

Dr. Tom Cooper is Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Boston’s Emerson College. Before joining the faculty at Emerson, Cooper taught at Harvard University, University of Hawaii, and other leading universities. A former assistant to Marshall McLuhan, he now serves as speechwriter for Jochen Zeitz, CEO of Puma.  In 1986, the Association for Responsible Communication, which Cooper founded, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The same year, he co-founded Media Ethics magazine; he currently serves as its Co-Publisher.

Planned topics (time permitting):

1. Just how media-saturated are we these days?
2. What are the consequences of this extreme media saturation?
3. Are kids more media saturated than adults, and what are the potential ramifications of that?
4. What’s the difference between someone who just ingests a lot of media and someone who is truly media addicted? How do you know if you have a problem?
5. What happens when we consume less media?
6. How can we become less media-saturated?
7. If someone doesn’t feel they can do a media fast, what other options exist?
8. You’ve put some of your students on a media diet, or guided them through a media fast. What have the results been like?
9. What do you personally do to avoid media saturation? Are you fasting and dieting all the time?
10. What can we learn from societies like the Amish who observe a total media blackout every day of their lives?

Related links:

Benefits of media for children and teenagers

Children, TV, Computers and More Media: New Research Shows Pluses, Minuses

Kids & the Media (APA)


Dr. Stan Frager Show: Community Service Opportunity:

St. John’s Center for Homeless Men

Guest Bio:
Keith Steer is the director of special events at St. John Center for Homeless Men. He has been with the Center for nine years.

Organization Info:
St. John’s is an emergency shelter and social service center that offers programs such as the drug and alcohol recovery program and the permanent supportive housing program. The shelter is always in need of toiletries and other daily items, so donations are greatly appreciated. The center is located at 700 E Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY, 40202. You can contact us at 502-568-6758 or go online to http://www.stjohncenter.org/


Dr. Gene Foster 9-10 PM
website:  www.kpa.org

Dr. Gene Foster comes to Maryhurst with over 25 years of executive leadership experience in child welfare services. A professional psychologist by training, he has served as a college professor and as a consultant and researcher in the area of child and adolescent learning and behavior disorders during his career as well.  Most recently, he was appointed a member of Kentucky’s Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board by Governor Steve Beshear.

Planned topics (time permitting):

1. A lot of media attention has been focused lately on child abuse, and we know that some of the children who are abused or neglected are placed in Kentucky’s foster care system.  Tell us how this system works?
2. How widespread is the problem – how many children in Kentucky end up in foster care?
3. Exactly what do foster homes do for these children besides just keeping them safe?
4. Once a child is placed in foster care, what happens next?
5. About how long does a child typically stay in a foster home?
6. Are these children returned home to their parents at some point?  How does this work?
7. I understand that some of the children in foster care get adopted.  Just how does adoption work?
8. We hear sometimes that foster parents are “just in it for the money.”  Can you help put this in perspective?
9. If one of our listeners was interested in becoming a foster parent, how would he or she go about it?
10. What is “treatment foster care,” and how do you make sure that children that have suffered abuse get the help they need?
11. You said that many of these children are victims of severe abuse,  what treatment approaches do you use at Maryhurst to help these  children deal with this trauma?  (trauma informed therapy).

Related links:

Frequently asked questions about foster care (CHFS)

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