Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- 11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook: frankly, if you did, they wouldn’t be trendy anymore). But knowing the basics — what they are, why they’re popular and the problems that can crop up when they’re not used responsibly — can make the difference between a positive and negative experience for your kid.
- Register publisher: Digital age requires parents to step up: Sophie Adams, 11, a Norwalk Middle School sixth-grader, and her younger sisters use the Internet under the watchful eyes of their parents, but they don’t yet have cellphones or their own social media accounts.
- How Technology Is Killing Eye Contact: The decline of eye contact is well-documented, and as we spend more and more of our time staring at screens, there’s less time left over to look into people’s eyes — including the eyes of the people we care about most.
Experts seek ways to stop online child abuse: Experts from the fields of law enforcement, research and academia gathered this week at a United Nations meeting in Vienna to find ways to combat the exploitation of children online, which has become more prevalent due to technological advances.
- How to keep your kids safe online: Most parents today have probably breathed a sigh of relief at some point or other that they never grew up with the Internet, or social media.
- ‘Distracted Walking’ Is No Walk in the Park: Health care providers are seeing an increase in “walking while texting” accidents, with terrible injuries undermining the “viral” explosion of tragi-comic trips, pratfalls, and collisions. “Distracted walking” is a matter of concern to public health professionals, slowly joining “distracted driving” as a matter of urgent national attention.
- CHILDREN’S READING HABITS IN DECLINE: Data from Nielsen Book found the percentage of occasional and non-readers among kids in the age group of 0-17 rose to 28%.
- The Habits of Highly Successful Families: Are you concerned because your daughter cries at every single one of her soccer games? Are you irritated because your son drags out his homework time with constant excuses? Have you given up altogether on trying to control your child’s media use on the weekends?
Children’s reading shrinking due to apps, games and YouTube: Nielsen Book data suggests that 32% of children read books every day, and 60% every week. But these percentages are falling as digital entertainment rises.
- California law allows kids to erase digital indiscretions: California teenagers, who post photographs of themselves wearing too little clothing or having had too much to drink, will have the legal right to erase their online indiscretions under newly enacted first-in-the-nation legislation.
- New SVoD service for UK kids to launch on iPad: Hopster founder and CEO and former Viacom executive Nick Walters said the service was designed for a touch screen experience and would combine content with interactive games provided by Hopster itself. He said the service would not include any advertising but would be sold as a simple, single-fee subscription offering.
- Regretful selfie-snapping vixens, lads to get shame-hiding digital burqas: California’s children will get the legal right to order their embarrassing digital past to be hidden from public view. But the new laws won’t end in total deletion of unwanted content – just that it be placed behind a digital veil.
- EU says school children lack e-learning facilities: With 63 percent of Europe’s nine-year-olds in schools missing vital digital equipment, the European Commission launched a vast plan Wednesday to promote e-learning from primary school to universities.