It took a long time for me to create this infographic because 1) I am a slight perfectionist and sometimes get lost in the black holes of details and 2) I really wanted it to be something that would be useful in my work. I could easily have picked something like learner profiles that would have been easy and clear (in fact.. I’m wondering why I didn’t!) but I decided to create something for an upcoming parent workshop. I hadn’t even fully thought about what I wanted to present on but working on the infographic actually helped me think of what I wanted to present on.
The intended audience for this infographic is parents of children ages two to five years old. The purpose was to explain to parents how they can help support their child with their media and technology literacy while making sure that the exposure they are giving their child is productive and supportive in learning these skills. There are parents who use tablets and digital devices as literal babysitters and then there are those that think their child shouldn’t be exposed to screens at all and I wanted to show them a happy medium that will beneficial to their child.
Creating this infographic was different than designing other things because I had to compile the information I wanted to show. Normally I’m reading and then synthesizing and applying the facts and information into my everyday situations. This time, I’m taking the information and making it digestible for others without an educational background. Knowing that the intended audience is parents of my school, I used easy-to-understand language to bridge the language barrier as well as to give a sense of objectivity. I didn’t want parents to feel they were being judged.
Gathering research from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years by Chip Donohue and conducting more research using Common Sense Media Census from 2017, I realized there’s not a definitive answer as to how much screen time children should get or what exactly they should do if they are on a mobile device. It’s less about how much screen time they get (to a certain extent and for certain ages) but what they’re seeing or doing on those screens that matter more.
Due to the nuanced nature of what I wanted to explain to parents, I thought the visualization would be a better way to explain things to parents. I followed the guidelines and chose a font and color palette that was both limited and easy to read (Designing Effective Infographics). I really enjoyed this week’s assignment because I really liked Easel.ly. This is a great place where I can create things for school and/or teachers. What I want to know is where has this website been all of my life??? I gave my infographic a beginning by introducing parents to some facts about technology, a middle; with the ideas on what they can do, and a conclusion about their role as a media model for their children (Basic Infographic Structure).
Some changes I made to my infographic:
- Originally had the red circle with passive vs. active on the right side but moved it to the left side so parents understood language before explaining the action
- I added a blue outline box around the action items to keep them cohesive
- I originally didn’t give myself credit anywhere, thinking that no one will be seeing except for me and for the parents at my school
- I added the source for the icons
If parents find this infographic to be useful and easy to read, then my job is done. I’m excited to create more of these for future presentations as I find they are great at communicating a lot of information and much more appealing than a typical powerpoint presentation.