Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- On board the digital express: Today, more than 60 per cent of nine-year-olds in the European Union are in schools that are not digitally equipped and 70 per cent of teachers say they are not getting the training they would like for using digital technologies in the classroom and in lesson preparation.
- New App 3T Limits Play for Children on Smartphones and Tablets, Encouraging Offline Play: The 3T timer app for Android devices — a free download through Google play — encourages limited screen time, decreasing risks of smartphone usage to young children.
- Filip Smartwatch Coming On AT&T To Keep Kids On Digital Leash: The Filip smartwatch will keep track of the location of kids via GPS and other means. Parents can check the current location of their young ones with the help of an iPhone or Android app and set safe areas where they can move freely. The gadget will send message to parents if kids cross the safe area.
- Dhaka to use digital tracking for missing children: “Bangladesh and Nepal will replicate the Track Child project and the Indian government has offered help to Bangladesh in this regard. Bilateral discussions are in progress. The programme is scheduled for 2014,” said Rinchen Chophel, director general, South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) on Saturday, reports BSS.
- CDD Outlines Case Against Kids On Facebook: The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) has launched a new online guide to why parents should not let their kids under 13 on Facebook. It comes in response to what CDD says is Facebook’s effort to open up the social network to kids 12 and under.
- A no-gadget school in the world’s tech center: In Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, California, 75 percent of the children have parents who work in tech companies such as eBay, Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. But there are no computers in class and the school does not even want kids to use computers at home.
Christmas Toy Shopping To Go Digital This Year: “The high-tech explosion is having a profound impact on children’s gift preferences and changing the traditional toy business,” Weiswig wrote. The phenomenon of age compression, where children feel older at a much younger age, has resulted in more kids adding digital devices in favor of traditional toys to their Holiday wish list.
Break from digital world is welcome: Is it possible to simplify life in the frantic digital world that is modern America? I don’t know, but it sure sounds appealing.
Piano lessons go digital at Royal Conservatory: The Royal Conservatory of Music is launching a major initiative to spread online learning in music to young children across Canada, backed by $5-million in seed funding donated by the Thomson family.
- What the Internet is doing to our children: No group has been more affected by this trend than children. The first generation of digital natives is generally considered to be millennial, who are now in their teens and 20s. They were often introduced to digital media by osmosis, playing with their parents’ connected devices. Since then, the online environment has extended into their own worlds: into the classroom education for everything from kindergarten through graduate school and into their personal time through increasingly ubiquitous cellphones.
Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.