Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
- Are digital gadgets robbing us of our boredom?: In this age of endless digital gadgets, entertainment has become so unavoidable that boredom is beginning to look really good.
- Teaching our children to code: a quiet revolution: In just under a year, England will become the first country in the world to mandate computer programming in primary and secondary schools. Children will start learning to write code when they enter school the age of five, and will not stop until at least 16, when they finish their GCSEs.
- MediaSmarts Launches New Resources for Classrooms and Homes in Recognition of Media Literacy Week: Activities are taking place across Canada to recognize the importance of media and digital literacy skills for young people.
- Breaking down the digital barricade to secure a better future: The UK is currently experiencing a digital divide with those who can afford it becoming immersed in the latest technology and those lacking the necessary funds are falling even further behind.
- Miss Manners: Parents’ posts about kids no place to meddle: Many of my friends with children post details that, were I that child, I would not want to be public knowledge. It is known that most of what is on social media becomes a permanent digital record. Because these kids won’t have access to their own online identity for years, it is a one-sided narrative.
- Cut the digital ‘tether.’ Stop texting mom!: But as Mitchell’s story shows, the parent-child paradigm is shifting, with many kids in their late teens and 20s now actively engaging in, and even initiating, frequent contact with their folks about everything from new recipes and music to relationship and academic problems.
If a Young Child Wanders, Technology Can Follow: Most parents have experienced that feeling of fear when a young child wanders off at the playground or disappears during a trip to the supermarket. New technology, in the form of voice watches and miniature sensing devices, is aimed at thwarting such distress by keeping track of children who are too young to carry a smartphone.