SXSW 2020

Digital Play Is Winning - Can Screen Time Be Good?


In a time when the dangers of the physical world make restrictions on outdoor play the norm, kids are turning to the digital one for unstructured play. Online playgrounds serve this unmet need to imagine, socialize and explore with friends. The conversation needs to move beyond an on/off switch to the cognitive, social emotional, and executive function development the digital world provides, and how to help kids disconnect from this immersive world too. Tami Bhaumik, VP of digital civility at Roblox, will moderate a discussion between one of the nation’s top experts on children and media, ‘Mediatrician’ Dr. Michael Rich, and Dr. Jordan Shapiro, renowned thought leader on parenting in the connected world. They’ll share research and anecdotes showing the multi-faceted impact of digital play.

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  1. Why kids are turning to digital play and how it can inspire creativity and learning
  2. What latest research on kids moving seamlessly in and out of physical and digital play environments shows in terms of the impact it has on them
  3. How parents and kids can navigate screen time to ensure it carries the benefits of play


  • Tami Bhaumik, Vice President, Digital Civility, Roblox
  • Michael Rich MD, MPH, The Mediatrician” Director of the Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Jordan Shapiro, Assistant professor at Temple University (Philadelphia), Senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop (New York), and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution (Washington D.C.), Temple University


Irina Efremova, Director Of Corporate Communications, ROBLOX

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Gaming Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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