Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Autistic Children feel comfortable interacting Socially with their Peers through Tablets like Transformer Pad Infinity: Many children with special needs are finding themselves quite comfortable with this growing table technology. They are more and more interested in social interactions as they feel that they are not threatened with those interactions anymore. They feel highly comfortable with tablets as their conversations are not exactly direct ones.
- School happy for children to learn the no-tech way: The lights fixed to the ceiling and a battery-powered clock are the most advanced technologies in the classroom.There are no tablets or laptops. There are blackboards and books, pencils and chalk – paintings on the walls and musical instruments. Children sit at natural wooden desks.
- Digital gadgets damaging children’s spines: “When I was first in practice I only ever saw straightened out necks in people who were academics or who had head-down type jobs like seamstresses or office workers. Now, over the years, I’ve seen this intense shift to straightened out necks in younger and younger people.”
- Digital trails aid investigators in child porn probes: Investigators scour social media sites and forums such as Facebook and Craigslist, as well as sites that allow peer-to-peer file sharing through specially designed software. Investigators with Kane’s office in January made their first child pornography arrest using software and training provided by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, operated by the Department of Justice.
- Parent-child contracts for using digital devices: WHEN SHE WAS a freshman in high school, Perry Wong Costa wasn’t getting the best grades, and when her parents found out why, they weren’t happy. The 16-year-old was caught texting during class and staying up until all hours of the night texting her friends, so her parents promptly restricted her cellphone use for the next two years.
- In this digital age, we have a duty to educate our children about sex: New technologies have brought new headaches for parents and politicians alike. We now hear constant voices of concern about the impact of Facebook, Twitter, lads’ mags, online chat rooms and sexting on young people’s health and wellbeing.
- Rhys Darby: Addictive digital blocks have a secret agenda: If you haven’t heard of Minecraft, then you probably don’t have kids. Or you’re part of an Amish community enjoying the ignorant bliss of living off the land. Actually, Amish would be great at playing Minecraft. The entire objective of the game is to essentially live off the land.
Online And Anonymous: New Challenges To Prosecuting Sex Trafficking: Monday, the FBI announced the success of a three-day, multicity child sex trafficking operation. The seventh and largest of its kind, the raid recovered 106 teenagers and arrested 152 pimps. Aged 13 to 17, almost all of the young people found were girls.
- Studies Show That Children Just Want to Be Famous: According to the survey, fame has displaced teacher as the number one choice of today’s youth. Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus wasn’t surprised by the result of this 2009 survey. She said the findings reflects the current celebrity culture. ‘Children see footballers, pop stars and actors on TV and their lives look exciting, glamorous and fun.”