Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Talking Digital: Why Manchester council are all so proud of Madlab’s leading light: Manchester’s CoderDojo attracts around 100 young people a month and has outgrown Madlab, so it’s now moving to the larger Sharp Project in East Manchester. Steven, is also the Manchester Code Club champion, leading a citywide network of volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11.
- Creating responsible digital citizens: A CURRICULUM to teach children on proper and responsible technology use must be incorporated into the education system to address social issues in cyberspace as an increasing number of children is spending time on the Internet.
- Digital Photos Help Detect Rare Eye Cancer: A new study completed by a Baylor Chemistry professor and Harvard Medical School researchers finds digital photos can help detect Retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer found primarily in children, in its earliest stages.
- The Teen Vanishing Act: How the Latest Social Media Trends Are Hurting Our Kids: For the past few years, I’ve seen teens shift their social media habits to apps and sites that provide illusions of ephemeral and anonymous interactions — illusions that are quickly eroding their social and emotional well-being, and can be deadly.
- Personalized Book Reader Follows Kids As They Turn The Pages: The Sparkup Magical Book Reader works as an auditory add-on to paper picture books. You attach the device to the back of any book, press the “record” button, and read the story aloud. Once recorded, a child can later attach the device to the book, press the bright “playback” button, and hear your voice reading the story.
- Study: Innovative game intervention increases at-risk kids’ physical activity levels by 39 per cent: The study took place in northern Ontario communities with some of the highest childhood obesity rates. Findings confirm the effectiveness of an online game powered by kids’ daily activity, as a motivator to change sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity levels. Participants took an average of 12,312 steps per day during the game play period, representing a daily step increase of 39 per cent.
- Are we taking too many photos of our kids?: My husband and I have a collection of tens of thousands of digital images. Most of these chronicle the lives of our three children. The first step. The first day of kindergarten. A summer weekend in Tahoe. an Easter egg hunt, actually many egg hunts. Of course, we took more photos of our first child and we’ve been less camera happy with our third, but nonetheless, like most modern-day parents, we have an unwieldy number of image files.
- David Coleman: Think twice before giving an iPad this Christmas: There is pressure from them directly, as well as a social pressure from their peers to be switched on to a screen somewhere, be it on their phone, a tablet, a laptop, the TV or the computer monitor.
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.