8 Stories About #DigitalParenting 05/09/13

8 Stories About #DigitalParenting 05/09/13

Tablet pc shows news on screen with a cup of coffee on a deskKeeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:

  • Toddlers rush online—to unknown risks: “Children under nine years old now enjoy a variety of online activities, including watching videos, , searching for information, doing their homework and  within children’s virtual worlds. The range of activities increases with age,” explains Dr Donell Holloway, an associate investigator with CCI at Edith Cowan University.
  • Tech-savvy children focus of education institute study: “We’re wanting to document what New Zealand kids are doing and what sort of learning is taking place and plan to pass that information back to the community, and to teachers, so they can adjust their practices accordingly,” Dr Finch said.
  • Digital devices for kids in the classroom?: Putnam County schools will begin a pilot program to allow students to use their own mobile digital devices in the classroom. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program reverses the county’s existing policy of prohibiting students from having their cell phones out during instructional time.
  • “Stranger Danger” in a digital age: Playground safety and safety from so-called “stranger danger” are top priorities for most parents, but in the 21st century lessons in safety on virtual platforms is becoming increasingly important.
  • 3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read: More kids reading is always good news — especially when reading achievement levels are so abysmal. Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress says that only one-third of all students entering high school are proficient in reading.
  • Marla Newhook: School is the place to teach kids to be good digital citizens: Students are encouraged to bring their own devices to school, which both my kids have been doing for the past year in the form of smartphones. Some teachers were adamant that phones be left in lockers or school bags, while others tolerated it. Some teachers even openly welcomed them in the classroom.

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