#DigitalParenting 10/07/13

#DigitalParenting 10/07/13

News Headline On Mobile Phone For Online Information Or MediaKeeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:

  • Apps That Help Kids Like Chores: Mobile games don’t have to keep kids glued to the couch. New chore apps use rewards and monsters to motivate them to fold the laundry, take out the recycling and more.
  • Tivola Children’s and Educational Apps hit 4 Million Downloads: “We were very excited when we hit the 4-million mark for our app downloads,” says Lars Poeck, Head of Marketing at Tivola Publishing GmbH. “Its such a wonderful feeling to know that so many players are enjoying and learning from our apps.”
  • Unleashing the potential of technology: During a recent trip to China, one constant complaint I heard is the abuse of iPads and other digital devices now popular among children. Affluent parents put expensive gadgets, such as iPads, into their children’s hands and expect them to work wonders. Instead, they go on to regret it, as their children use them just to play games.
  • Lernstift Digital Pen’s Gentle Vibration Helps Children Learn Through Writing: As younger generations get accustomed to using tablets and iPhones, handwriting may get lost in the gestures.  Enter the Lernstift, a Linux powered pen that gives a subtle vibration when you make an error.  The pen’s orthography and calligraphy modes are perfect for children learning to write and you won’t even need an app or computer to power the artificial intelligence behind the tiny computer.
  • ID Theft Affects 10% of Children: Children are 50 times more likely to be victims of identity theft, and 10% of children under the age of eighteen have already had their identities stolen, according to Veracode. The problem, of course, is that kids tend to be a bit more lax than adults when it comes to online safety, meaning that it becomes incumbent upon parents to help “childproof” their internet usage.
  • How digital consumption is changing the way kids develop: Like Robbie the robot in Isaac Asimov’s 1940 science fiction book, “I, Robot,” digital devices may be today’s nursemaids for children. And as a result, some kids are becoming more interested in playing with their computers and smartphones than with other children, according to researchers.
  • Digital detox: Families find balance unplugging from devicesLike many other parents, Mallika and Peeyush Ranjan have found it challenging to keep their two sons, now 6 and 14, away from technology. But a growing number of Palo Alto parents are inserting old-fashioned, non-technological fun into their children’s activities, especially during the summer, they said. The respite from electronic stimulation has improved their relationships and broadened their off-screen interests.

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