Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Digital Revolution Concerns: Kids on Facebook: “The medium is the problem. Shiny tech is attractive, personal and fun. Easy online access on a variety of devices is very new, very tantalizing and, with regard to young users, very worrisome.
- Tips for a Digital Age: Former Victoria Police member and cyber safety presenter Susan McLean says parents need to stop trying to be their child’s best friend and, instead, start ensuring they are responsible digital citizens.
- Book now for digital half-term holiday camps with a difference: The idea came after Ms Dawson noticed that although children are increasingly consuming digital technologies, there is a lack of opportunity for them to learn the skills that might help create them.
- 3 Ways to Encourage Children to Read: The number of children who read digitally is on the rise, according to a report called “The Children’s Digital Book Market: The future looks bright.” In both the U.S. and Canada, e-book sales for children have increased substantially for some companies. No matter how you may feel about digital books, this is great news.
- Families urged to have a daily digital detox: Parents and children are being urged to take part in Tech Timeout, an initiative encouraging families to ditch digital devices such as iPads and mobiles for over an hour a day, to help parents and children build stronger bonds and communicate more.
- Kid’s Tablet: Designed for Play and to Safely Entertain: iDeaUSA, the consumer electronics manufacturer, has launched the iDeaPLAY – a tablet especially built for kids to enjoy and designed to give parents peace of mind.
- Digital Day fun for Queens Park Community School students: As part of the one-day workshop, students were challenged to either design something digital for the benefit of their local community, design a mobile app of the future, design a social media campaign for a new fashion store or build an online training school.
- Girl’s suicide teaches us that parents must be digital guardians: “Parents who give a cell phone to children also have a moral obligation to check the texts, emails, and voice messages on those phones,” says Nancy Z. Hablutzel, who teaches a seminar called “The Legal Rights of Children” at the Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago-Kent College of Law.
- Tanzania: Official Decries Pupils Misuse of Digital Technology: Parents in Arusha have been accused of letting digital screens take care of their children while they themselves are busy with other things, resulting into poor performance in class work and exams.
Digital literacy: How soon should kids learn to use touch screens? Many parents share their touch-screen devices with their young kids despite fears of the dreaded ‘zombie effect,’ because they worry their kids might fall behind in digital literacy. Educators say parents should relax, digital literacy comes offline, grounded in real communication.