Media and Childhood Development

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Media and Childhood Development 

3 hours / .3 CEU

Tuition: $31.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0712

CDA Competency: Principles of Child Growth and Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Child Growth, Development, and Learning [3 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 1: Child Growth and Development  [3 hours]   

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [3 hours]

 > School-Age Professionals [3 hours]

 Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Human Growth & Development [3 hours]

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 3 Hours

Amount: $31.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • Family, Friends & Neighbor
  • School-Age
  • Parents/Relatives

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool Age Children
  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • School-Age Children
  • Youth
  • Parents
  • Staff
  • Administrators

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

This course discusses the types of electronic media children are exposed to and identifies the effects media can have on their growth and development. It discusses media violence and reviews effective strategies to use with media-traumatized children. Media advertising and the impact it has on children is discussed, along with ways to combat its influence. The purposes of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) are discussed. Media safety and security guidelines and technologies are identified. Media rating scales are detailed, along with strategies for controlling children’s media use.

Learning Objectives: 

  • IDENTIFY types of electronic media to which children are exposed
  • IDENTIFY the impact of electronic media on children       
  • IDENTIFY the effects of electronic media on children’s growth and development
  • RECALL the definition of media violence
  • IDENTIFY the types of media violence
  • IDENTIFY the effects of media violence on children
  • RECALL strategies to use when children are traumatized by tragic events portrayed in media
  • IDENTIFY the effects of media advertising on children
  • RECALL ways to combat the influence media advertising has on children
  • RECALL the purpose of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • IDENTIFY media safety and security guidelines for children, parents, and educators
  • RECALL media rating scales
  • RECALL effective strategies for controlling children’s use of electronic media


  • Introduction
  • Electronic Media and Child Development
  • Media Violence and Child Development
  • Media Advertising and Child Development
  • Strategies for Controlling Electronic Media Use
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test 

This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 


 All courses are completely online. Nothing will be shipped. 



2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training cannot be done on a mobile device. Cell phones and tablets do not have the required software to run the online In-service courses. A computer with internet access is required to complete the online In-service training.

6) Some students may find that they need to download or update Shockwave, Flash player or Java.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  • 5
    Thank you

    Posted by Stacie on 11th Apr 2014

    I will continue to limit all electronic media in our facility. I want everyday to be a productive, fun day of exploraion and learning with hands on activities not video games or the like. Thank you for bringing much needed awareness to a very important subject for our children.

  • 5
    Overall I thought that the training and education was great!

    Posted by Emily on 18th Feb 2014

    I liked the instructor talking and reading along with the instructor. I think that was the best part of the training for me.