Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Camp digital detox: ‘My daughters recoiled in shock when they were told their devices were banned,’ writes Gillian Tett
- Dolling Up for High-Tech Child’s Play: Dolls capture the imagination and invite fantasy, and new technologies are bringing them into the modern era. In order to appeal to a new generation of doll lovers, the toy industry must rethink its basic premises — including the most essential question of all: What is a “doll”? “Children don’t see the difference between virtual and real,” said Global Toy Experts’ Richard Gottlieb. (as Barbie goes digital)
- Child’s Play in Language Learning: One consideration educators face when considering the latest educational gizmo is whether the technology will assist them in achieving learning goals. A recent New York Times editorial by Pamela Paul criticizes the rush to technology in primary education, particularly the focus on game-based learning, as an attempt to cater to the notion that kids won’t want to learn if the process isn’t “superfun” (Paul, 2013).
- Living Room is a Digital Hub: The traditional living room is being transformed into a digital media hub where the household watches television while multi-tasking via tablets and smartphones, according to a report by the media regulator Ofcom.
Virtual insanity: the rise and rise of the digital pet: And the march of the digital pet continues as Furby, the self-explanatory Robo Fish and robot puppy Teksta are expected to top the wish lists of excited children this Christmas. But now one developer is moving beyond the stark divisions of pixels and fluffy robots to create what he calls the world’s first interactive 3D pet.
- Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using Digital Talking Books: DO YOU know how many children with disabilities are there in the world today? Are these children aware of their basic human rights? According to the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), there are around 200 million children with disabilities in the world who are not aware of their basic human rights, whose abilities and capacities are underestimated and whose needs are given low priority by the society.
- In The Digital Age, The Family Photo Album Fades Away: For our parents and grandparents, it was easy enough to organize, assemble and pass along a handmade book that told the story of their children’s lives in photographs. But the digital world has seriously complicated that rite of passage.My biggest problem: an unruly photo collection. It is a heaping digital mess that — along with weighing heavy on my soul — stops me from completing these projects not long after starting them.
- Researcher: Smartphones creating digital zombies: One of author Stephen King’s horror novels is called “Cell,” the apocalyptic story of a mysterious pulse broadcast over a global cellular network that turns everyone who is talking on their phone at that instant into murderous zombies.