17 Stories About #DigitalParenting 04/10/13

17 Stories About #DigitalParenting 04/10/13

Man Reading News At Motning On Tablet ComputerKeeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:

  • Social workers, others to learn about digital safety and youth: “Whether one is snapping cell phone photos, posting on Facebook, describing the next family vacation, or playing an online game with others from around the world—all is not as upbeat as it looks,” says Guerry, who writes digital safety curriculum for schools.
  • How One of Your Worst Habits Rubs Off on Your Kids: And we, as parents, are unfortunately modeling this behavior. If we can take one more call or respond to one more email, we do. I admit it; I do. And you know what? I find that when I say to myself, “I’ll just check my phone one more time before bed,” I can get sucked in and one minute becomes 20. Sitting with your child ostensibly to play or talk while multitasking with your phone, iPad or other device is not fully engaging. In fact, it models disengagement, which is dangerous, because we know that children are attuned to parents and learn how to interact with the world through their interactions with us. The nature of how we spend time with kids and how kids spend time with each other is changing, and not necessarily for the better.
  • A winning tweet gives Cambodian children a web sat:rt?A PORTSMOUTH web development firm is helping Cambodian kids get a leg-up in the technology world. Si Digital has given away a £150 subscription to a web learning service called Treehouse as part of a worldwide competition.Entrants had to explain why they wanted to win the subscription via social networking service Twitter. The winning tweet came from an American, Casey Dierking, who is volunteering to teach teenagers web development skills in the Cambodian city of Battambang.
  • Tips to Keep Your Child Safe Online: Children may be at a much higher risk of becoming victims of Internet crimes than most parents realize. While online computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, it can also open the door to dangerous sexual predators, cyberbullying and interactions with financial and legal consequences.
  • Screen overload puts brain development at risk: Too much time in front of screens playing the wrong kind of computer games can delay a child’s development or lead to serious damage in adults, new research into the impact of media and technology on the brain has found.

  • How Cell Phone Use Is Destroying Your Kids’ Short-Term Memory: Then, I hear it; the faint but ubiquitous ding of an iPhone coming from his pocket, and he’s transported someplace else. As we continue our chat, there is visible tension in his jawline and his stare is more vacant. He’s suppressing the urge to glance at his phone, but he can’t stop himself from thinking about it. He’s looking at me, he’s responding to what I’m saying, but it’s not him. I’ve already lost him.

  • A modern, digital twist on toys: But it was in these digital mavericks—who could barely walk but could tap and swipe—that Cozzolino realized that saw the future of play: In order to be engaging and relevant to today’s youth, he needed to create something with a digital component. “What’s most unique and innovative about the Nickster Playland app is that it connects children back to physical toys,” Cozzolino says. “It encourages them to not just play in the digital world, but also have fun with their toys.”
  • Checking in Without Checking Out: It’s amazing how radically our expectations of one another have changed in the last two to three years. Five years ago, it would have been inconceivable to expect a co-worker or employee to respond to a memo within minutes of sending it. But these days, we have trained ourselves to respond to a message within minutes — or seconds.
  • Generation distracted by multiple digital devices: Countless hours spent juggling multiple digital devices is limiting people’s ability to concentrate, scientists will tell a Melbourne conference this weekend.
  • Night of the Living Selfies: I am beginning to suspect the zombie apocalypse is upon us after all. But instead of unstoppable hordes of walking dead, we are now plagued with unrelenting armies of walking spam. These walking spam share eerie similarities with the undead: They are fictitious; they are everywhere; and they were once real people. Sadly, they are now nothing more than — cue blood-curdling scream — obsessively crafted social media profile
  • Are Selfies Ruining Your Relationships?: Last month, a Texas mother of four, Kimberly Hall, made national headlines with her online manifesto to teenage girls prone to taking and posting self-portraits on social media. “Who are you trying to reach?” the mom asked. “What are you trying to say?” Girls who keep this sort of thing up, the mom went on to write, will be blocked in her household, because “Did you know that once a male sees you in a state of undress, he can’t ever un-see it? You don’t want the Hall boys to only think of you in this sexual way, do you? Neither do we.”
  • Parents need to ‘get smart’ with digital: Psychiatrists are seeing an increase in internet gaming addiction in children, prompting a warning to parents to ‘‘get involved in the digital playground’’ with their offspring.
  • America’s Kids Start Learning Way Before Kindergarten: Much of my work during the past decade has involved helping parents better understand the problems of unfettered media and technology access to their kids. But this doesn’t mean that my colleagues and I oppose children using media and the latest digital content and tools.
  • 5 Reasons Social Media Is Dangerous for Me: I tell you all of this because I am about explain how social media, like food, can be threatening to my well-being. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, because an unexamined social media life isn’t worth living. Inherently, I do not think that social media is any more dangerous than Rice Krispies. I just think that for some, social media + human nature can become problematic, so some of us have to keep a close eye on our relationship with it.

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