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Public invited to RSVP to be in the studio audience for taping of fourth episode of iQ: smartparent Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

June 18, 2013

Maria Pisano


Public invited to RSVP to be in the studio audience
for taping of the fourth episode of iQ: smartparent Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6:30–8 p.m.

PITTSBURGH—The fourth episode of WQED’s iQ: smartparent education series for parents will tape on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. at WQED in the Fred Rogers Studios with a new host. Known best as the creator and executive producer of acclaimed children’s television hits such as Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr. and Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS, Angela Santomero will be the host for the next three episodes of iQ: smartparent. Founding partner and chief creative officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC, Santomero oversees the creative development and research of all the company’s projects, with a mission and vision to bring educational entertainment to a whole new level. Santomero is also host of PBS’ The Parent Show at PBSparents.org and writes a personal blog about being a parent who creates children’s media at AngelasClues.com.

“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Santomero to the iQ: smartparent series. She offers the sensitivity, advice, and media savvy to help any parent make great decisions about how 21st century media impacts a child. As a parent and TV creator she lives it every day,” said Jennifer Stancil, WQED Executive Director of Educational Partnerships.

Episode 4: Tune In, Tune Out will empower families with skills and techniques for evaluating media images and ratings, while identifying ways that media can have a positive impact on their lives. Guests will include:

Deborah Gilboa, MD, Board Certified Family Physician and parenting expert of AskDoctorG.com;
Alice Wilder, educational psychologist and children's television producer;
Emmai Alaquiva, Emmy®-award winning music producer and founder of Hip Hop on L.O.C.K.;
• and Steven Martino, behavioral scientist for RAND Corporation.

To register for a seat in the live audience visit: iqsmartparent4.eventbrite.com. Tune In, Tune Out will premiere on Thursday, August 29 at 8 p.m. and will be available at www.wqed.org/smartparent following the on-air premiere.

WQED launched iQ: smartparent in response to a research study of regional parents (conducted by WQED in spring 2012) who expressed their desire to build their confidence with educational, 21st century media and expand their capacity for co-learning with their digitally savvy children. Through a series of six broadcasts and a robust online community, iQ: smartparent equips parents and caregivers with tools and resources to aid their understanding and use of digital media and technologies for learning. To sign up for more information go to http://www.wqed.org/smartparent.

The first two iQ: smartparent episodes aired in February and April:

Episode #1 Learning with Games
Can video and online games be positive learning tools for kids? This episode of iQ: smartparent will explore different ways that children learn through gaming and how parents can enhance the educational impact of video and online games for their children.

Episode #2 Girls Growing Up With Media
How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these topics and offer some advice on how to talk with your children about gender inequity in the media.

The third episode premieres on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV:

Episode #3 Health, Wellness, and Technology
Can technology and digital devices contribute to our health and wellness? Join us as we identify apps, games, and other forms of media that can help parents and children stay fit and enjoy the outdoors!

Future episodes will include:

Episode #5 Early Childhood, Screens, and the Developing Brain
What happens when kids under age eight watch television and are exposed to screens? We’ll discuss current research and practical considerations of exposing children to media during the early childhood years, explore the impact of educational screen time on kids of various backgrounds, and offer parents some tips for raising young children in our media-rich environment.

• Episode #6
Online Identities and Social Media
Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online.

All six broadcasts and the initiative benefit from the expertise of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents find age-appropriate, quality media. Parents can join the conversation online with WQED EDU and #iqsmartparent on Facebook, Google +, Pinterest and Twitter. iQ: smartparent is brought to you by WQED Multimedia with generous support from an anonymous donor.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh
has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media
is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.

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