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Mimi Ito - UC Irvine. Irvine, CA, US

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Professor in Residence Informatics | UC Irvine


Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth's changing relationships to media.



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Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth's changing relationships to media and communications. She recently completed a research project supported by the MacArthur Foundation a three year ethnographic study of kid-initiated and peer-based forms of engagement with new media. In 2008, she was awarded the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Educational Research Association.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Media and Communications


Children/Video Games


Accomplishments (1)

Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research (professional)


Education (3)

Stanford University: PhD, Anthropology 2003

Stanford University: PhD, Education 1998

Stanford University: MA, Anthropology 1991

Media Appearances (5)

It's A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One

NPR  online


Teens report spending only 3 percent of their screen time on creative pursuits like writing, or making art, or music — outside of homework or school projects. But some researchers, like Emily Weinstein at Harvard, and Mimi Ito at the University of California, Irvine, note that social media platforms like TikTok, Snapchat or Instagram can be platforms for creative expression in ways that aren't necessarily captured by a survey like this. It also may be that teens use their consumption to inform and inspire their creative expression, like Mingo, an aspiring animator, does.

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How to Connect With Your Kids’ Digital Interests and Become a Media Mentor

EdSurge  online


If you’re like most parents, chances are that you have some anxiety about your kids’ digital lives and how much time they spend in front of screens. According to a 2018 survey of American families, technology overuse has become the number one concern parents have for their teens.

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In The Age Of Smartphones, Parents Are Encouraged To Be Media Mentors, Not Gatekeepers

NPR  online


So the philosophy behind this is pretty simple, right? It's trying to use digital devices together with your children as much as you can and assisting them in understanding what it is that they're doing on those devices. So one proponent of this is Mimi Ito. She's a researcher at the University of California, Irvine. And she says we need to face the facts that media, especially things like video games, are a major source of fun for kids.

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Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech

EdSurge  online


That’s just one way technology in education can fail to serve some students. Cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito studies how young people use technology. Ito, who is the director of the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, says the problem is not necessarily that teachers or the people making edtech tools have bad intentions. She argues that understanding another person’s situation is tough if you don’t share that experience.

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< Can Screens Help Your Child's Brain? 4 Tips To Get The Most From Kids' Media

NPR  online


Now, if you're listening out there, at this point your head may be spinning a bit because I know the main message that we parents internalize is that our job is to say no all the time to screens. And actually, we've been misinformed about that. And that's kind of a problem. Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist who, for the past two decades, has been researching everything about young people and digital technology.

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Articles (5)

Observational evidence of supercooling and frazil ice formation throughout the water column in a coastal polynya in the Sea of Okhotsk

Continental Shelf Research

2020 This paper examines underwater frazil ice formation in a coastal polynya. In a coastal polynya, the seawater near the ocean surface can become supercooled due to intense atmospheric cooling. Supercooled water sinks deeper under turbulent conditions, resulting in frazil ice formation in the water column.

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Environmentally Friendly Syntheses of Imines Applying the Pressure Reduction Technique: Reaction Cases of Less Reactive Amines and Studies by Computational Chemistry

Green and Sustainable Chemistry

2020 Recently, the development of environmentally friendly syntheses of imine derivatives, which were attracting great attention for their reactivity and structure in various fields, progressed rapidly because the concept of green chemistry had deeply penetrated into society. In our previous work, we had reported new synthetic methods of imine derivatives using some active amines under solvent- and catalyst-free reaction conditions.

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Online article for Non-subscribers


2020 Nosyl annulation of a bithiophene derivative with nosylamide (NsNH 2) gives a 5-7-5 fused N, S-heterocyclic compound. The detailed molecular structure of the obtained nosylamide was analyzed by single-crystal X-ray crystallography.

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Diffuse alveolar haemorrhage in a case with anti-RNA polymerase III antibody-positive systemic sclerosis successfully treated with plasma exchange and corticosteroid therapy

Modern Rheumatology Case Reports

2020 A 63-year-old woman was admitted because of diffuse alveolar haemorrhage complicated with systemic sclerosis. High anti-RNA polymerase III (RNAP III) antibody titre was detected despite normal blood pressure and renal function. Antibodies other than anti-RNAP III antibody were negative.

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Favorable conditions for suspension freezing in an Arctic coastal polynya

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

2019 Arctic sea ice incorporates and transports sediment, releasing it back into the water column during the melting season. This process constitutes an important aspect of marine sediment transport and biogeochemical cycling. Sediment incorporation into sea ice is considered to occur mainly through underwater interaction between frazil ice and resuspended sediment, referred to as suspension freezing.

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