Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Digital Parenting: More Technology Means More Work: Though digital technology allows parents to entertain or keep tabs on their youngsters, for the most part, all of these apps and websites have created more decisions, more research (to figure out what’s kid-friendly and what’s not) and more rules to negotiate with their children, often on the fly, media researchers say.
- Social media ‘eraser button’ law would let kids delete web history: California legislators are working to give kids more control over their digital personas — and real-life futures — with a bill that would allow minors to delete old web postings, particularly those of an embarrassing or career-limiting nature.
- Child advocacy groups, companies clash in debate over value of digital programs: Smartphones don’t make smart babies, an advocacy group declared recently in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.
- Disabled face ‘digital divide’: Researchers for Scope and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design said many of the UK’s 11 million disabled people still have to choose between expensive specialist equipment and inaccessible mainstream gadgets.
Living with Children: Digital age takes toll on imaginary friends: I’m actually glad to hear that there are still kids out there who possess magnificent imaginations. Before television, video games and other electronic suppressants, imaginary friends were commonplace. Both of my children had imaginary playmates. Eric had Jackson Jonesberry and Amy had Shinyarinka Sinum. No kidding. These playmates, who seemed quite real to the kids, occupied lots of their time, which was just fine with their mother and me.
Current sex education ‘failing children in digital age’: The imprisonment comes as the new national curriculum continues to offer “woefully” of date sex and relationship teaching material, despite David Cameron promising to bring it into the internet age.
- Children Expected to Read More Ebooks in Canada: According to a new study from BookNet Canada, a new surge in Canadian e-reading is coming soon. Just over a quarter of teens read ebooks in Canada currently, but that number is set to rise.