16 Stories About #DigitalParenting, 26/12/13

Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news: Santa in the Digital Age: Will He Survive?: I’m not saying that Santa is a bad thing (clearly I don’t think so), but he is a myth. And when kids are getting connected to the Internet at younger and younger ages, how long until the fabrication is impossible to keep going? How long until a YouTube video ruins the fun…

Will Technology Replace Thinking?

Interesting piece from Kirk Douglas, aged 96 - observing technological changes: The first thing you come up against is technology. One night we took our grandchildren out for dinner. I looked around the table. Jason, the youngest, was playing games with his cellphone; Ryan, 12 years old, had his head under the table and I assumed he was watching his cellphone; Tyler, 16, and his sister Kelsey, 18, were both involved on their cellphones too.…

Breaking Up With My iPhone

Another fascinating tale about someone making an active decision to disconnect from the 'always-on' nature of their iPhone: This sturdy conviction soon gave way to a more fragile reality. It turned out my iPhone only enabled me do what I always did -- just more frequently and everywhere. In other words, I basically checked email and Facebook countless times a day and took thousands of pictures of my children. There's no doubt many people use…

#DigitalParenting: Beeban Kidron "In Real Life"

A really interesting piece in the Guardian about a film made by Beeban Kidron re: the 'real world' on the Internet, with some debates I'd like to read more deeply into ... I certainly believe that the Internet is a 'real' place, and that the film-maker has captured what some children really do online, but by terming it "documentary" it gives the impression this is the norm - which I am not convinced about, based…