S3 E1: Nate + Ranier (age 14)
In this episode you’ll meet Nate and Ranier, two middle schoolers navigating through the changes brought on by the pandemic, online learning, and screen time that encompasses classes, video games, homework research, meeting friends, and keeping in touch with what’s happening in the world. Favorite social media space? Discord. TikTok is on the outs. Video games like Mindcraft, Spelunky 2 and Civilization 6 are in. I hope you enjoy this episode.
January 26, 2022
S1 E8: Rachel + Lyla (age 12)
Meet Rachel and Lyla, two middle school age girls on the brink of new experiences, new responsibilities and new struggles with media. You’ll hear all about their first Instagram accounts, “snap streaks” in Snapchat, and how TikTok fits into their lives. Other topics? YouTube and Disney Plus, (Rachel says Disney Plus is “the best thing that’s ever happened to me!”) I hope you enjoy this episode.
April 28, 2020
S1 E7: Aaron + Aitan (age 9)
Meet Aaron and Aitan. Two sports-loving nine-year old, 4th grade boys. YouTube is the top spot for them. They watch YouTubers playing sports-related video games (such as Muselk) and learn strategies on YouTube for when they are playing sports-related video games themselves! Sports and video games are the main attraction. For a laugh, they like the family YouTubers of Funnelvision and the challenge-champs Dude Perfect. But they’re already aware of the power of breaking news and watch CNN as a news source. Other topics? Instagram, Fortnite, Snapchat, and their disinterest in TikTok.
March 11, 2020
S2 E6: Rachel + Ada (ages 13 + 12)
Meet Rachel and Ada and discover how media influences their lives. Rachel loves reading books and is mindful about cyber-bullying and balancing TV time with homework. Ada manages a fan account for the band Why Don’t We and feels a responsibility to check sources for any content she shares. Both girls are conscious of the need to be informed about the world and breaking news --and are trying to find the best ways to fact-check the news that shows up in their social media feed before sharing it with friends. Hope you enjoy this episode of Kid Talk Media!
March 06, 2020
S2E5: Scout + Sami (age 11)
This episode features eleven year old best pals, Scout and Sami. We chat about all the media in their lives from streaming documentaries for school assignments, to Facetiming friends to collaborate on projects, making videos for family presents and creating yet another TikTok! They use media to relax, to learn, to have fun, to get creative, to connect with friends. It’s a constant presence in their lives. But are they really prepared to assess the vast volume of information online?
January 08, 2020
S2E4: Penelope + Mackenzie (age 6)
This episode of Kids Talk Media features Penelope and Mackenzie. These two six year old girls are full of energy and full of opinions about TikTok, Alexa (‘she’ makes them go coo coo crazy!), Ryan’s Toy Review, Kids Bop Kidz music, and of course , their favorite YouTuber Lauri, the Icing Artist! These girls will definitely make you smile. I hope you’ll give it a listen.
December 06, 2019
S2 E3: Daniel + Vidit (age 10)
Meet Vidit and Daniel (age 10). They love watching YouTube and making YouTube videos, they have their own rules about what’s best to watch on a TV versus a phone, and although their favorite music has some explicit lyrics, they're not too worried. Just two good friends who love laughing at pranking videos—and trying to resist the addictive pull of video games and movies. I hope you enjoy it.
November 10, 2019
S2 E2: Nick + Dominic (age 11)
This episode features Nick and Dominic. They’re both eleven, both in 5th grade, and both love media! Topics? The power of clickbait; doing homework with friends through the Xbox; earning media time from their family; keeping private information private; and their disbelief at the viral Instagram photo of an egg. I hope you'll give it a listen.
October 02, 2019
S2 E1: Christopher + Genevieve (age 10)
Season 2 of Kids Talk Media kicks off with this episode featuring ten-year old best friends, Christopher and Genevieve. They chat about “slime” videos and “challenge” videos on YouTube, the games Roblox and Gotcha Life, family media rules, and they even sing a couple of their favorite silly songs. Set aside 15 minutes for laughter and insights.
September 03, 2019
S1 E5: Patrick + Jackie (age 11)
Meet Patrick and Jackie—they’re both eleven, both in 5th grade, and both love media! Topics? YouTube. Google docs. Minecraft. And the best part of making videos yourself.
August 01, 2019
S1 E4: Anabel + Brooke (age 8)
Meet Anabel + Brooke and learn about their favorite media on the podcast KIDS TALK MEDIA. These eight-year old best friends talk about the video games Animal Jam and Gymnastics Superstar, their Netflix app, the television reboot Fuller House, the graphic novel version of The Babysitters Club, the Lemonchello book series and the Japanese film, My Neighbor Totoro.
July 01, 2019
S1 E3: Willa + Francesca (age 7)
Meet Willa and Francesca, two seven year old friends who met when they were just in preschool. These girls are big fans of the television show Odd Squad on PBS, and they love Jessie and Bunk’d on Disney Channel. They are big Wonder Woman fans, and each owns at least one American Girl doll. But they are navigating their television shows and video games and favorite music mainly through Alexa, the virtual assistant from Amazon. We talked in their basement surrounded by toys, a life-sized stuffed animal bear—and Alexa - who tried to join us in our conversation at one point. Hope you enjoy meeting Willa and Francesca!
June 04, 2019
S1 E2: Manny + Brahin (age 12)
Meet Manny (age 11) and Brahin (age 12). They live in Philadelphia and go to public school. We sat in Manny’s kitchen while they talked about their favorite video games and apps, and how they feel about cliffhangers, memes, genres, and CGI. They talked about their love of anime, their frustration with parents and violent video games, how they see sexism in video games and movies. They also have very strong personal feelings about social media. Hope you enjoy!
April 19, 2019
S1 E1: Peyton + Annalise (age 9)
Meet nine year old best pals Peyton and Annelise. We sat on the floor of Peyton’s bedroom and talked about the Baby Hazel Skin Care app, Kahoot, the Peter Rabbit movie, and of course, Harry Potter. Hope you enjoy the first episode of Kids Talk Media!
April 19, 2019