Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Microsoft’s Bing for Kids Promotes Digital Literacy, But Do Teachers Want That?: Microsoft has tailored Bing for use by children by removing all advertisements, using automatic filtering to block adult content, and adding improved privacy protection. Schools from Los Angeles; Atlanta; Fresno, California; and Detroit have all signed up for the program, according to Microsoft’s press release.
Portrait of an e-family: How they’re making their hyper-digital lives work: Su Grimmer had a word for the young nieces and nephew who visited her in Lantzville, B.C., this summer: “Gangsters.” That’s because Conrad, Zola and Bronte came packing no fewer than two iPhones, one Android, three iPads and two Mac computers.
- Digital self-harm: teens tap out an online cry for help: Now the case has taken another tragic turn. In an inquiry into the matter, Ask.fm has uncovered that 98 per cent of the abusive messages sent to Hannah came from the same IP address as her own computer. Only four of the abusive comments came from other IP addresses.
- Kiddie tablet launched in the Philippines: LIFEWARE Technology Inc., makers of easy-to-use smart tools for electronic learning and teaching, has entered the Philippine market with the launch of its new tablet offering specifically catering to youngsters.
- New Techn0logy Helps Resolve Child Abductions: This is where they attempt to physically locate deadbeat parents who are refusing visitation to the other parent, with a view to reuniting the kids with the alienated parent. Often these attempts to locate the elusive parents are hampered by ingenious attempts by the abductor to go undetected. The broad adoption of modern communications, such as the Internet and cell phones, brings with them new techniques for locating these individuals.
- The Big Disconnect helps parents and kids navigate the digital world: Most children can’t comprehend a world without the Internet and technology, so it’s up to parents to teach them how to use screen time wisely, even if it means stashing their own smartphones to do it.
- Meet Your Child’s New Teacher: The iPhone: In Spain, a group of researchers studied a group of 84 eight through 10-year-old students to find out if M-based (mobile-based) learning achieved better scores than using traditional custom-guided games. An actual part of the students curricula, the purpose of the games was to teach multiculturalism, tolerance and solidarity.
- Creating digital citizens: A full 95 per cent of high school students are now online, according to a study by Pew Internet and of those, three quarters are mobile internet users. It’s been that way for several years now. And that has fooled us into thinking our children are the so-called digital natives, but they are not.
- Voting opens soon for the Digital Heroes Awards 2013, but what does it mean to win?: The shortlist will be announced by TalkTalk very soon, but in the meantime, we look at how the awards have helped past winners make their projects even better.