10 Stories About #DigitalParenting, 02/01/14

Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:

Breaking News ScreenSwitch off – it’s time for your digital detox

My name’s Julia and it’s fair to say I’m a digiholic. Virtually every second of my day is spent with my phone at arm’s reach. But I’m far from the worst offender. The average person checks their phone every six and a half minutes – 200 times a day. One in four of us admits to spending longer online each day than we do asleep, while 73 per cent say that we would struggle to go the whole day without our phones or computers.

Stop your children running up bills on an iPad: a how-to guide

“Children and teenagers unwrapping their new phone or their first tablet are excited about the new experiences and knowledge they can open up,” said Patrick Guthrie, director of strategy and communications at PhonepayPlus. “But young people can be unaware of the costs of accessing some digital content on smartphones and tablets, leaving parents to foot the bill.”

Teenagers migrate from Facebook as parents send them friend requests

“Facebook is not just on the slide – it is basically dead and buried,” wrote Daniel Miller, lead anthropologist on the research team, who is professor of material culture of University College London.

“Mostly they feel embarrassed to even be associated with it. Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives.”

Are Teens Really Leaving Facebook?

When you compare the other social media platforms, none of them offer the layers of information and capability to create event invitations, groups and lists, among other unique features. While some of the alternate platforms offer a few of these features, Facebook offers diversity and depth the others don’t.


Sometimes, I’ve noticed with horror that the memories I have of things like my daughter’s birthday parties or the trips we’ve taken together are actually memories of the photographs I took, not of the events themselves, and together, the two somehow become ever more worn and overwrought, like lines gone over too many times in a drawing.

Why Our Teenagers Feel Compelled to Connect on Social Media

In one way, it’s simply evolution: Throughout history, adolescents banded together to find safety in numbers as they moved out into the world, a world that was unfamiliar, uncertain and unsafe.

That world remains risky, even with all the advantages that modern gadgets provide us to map out our routes and pinpoint our coordinates. But to leave home and feel safe, we need to belong to other teens on the same journey. As teenagers, we are compelled to turn towards one another.

What I Know One Year After Giving My Teenager an iPhone Contract

12 ways in which lives have been affected….

New Ways for Children to Interact and Learn Through Digital Storytelling: Global Sleepover Launches Its First Story

The Global Sleepover is a new and unique digital children’s story series (children ages 4-8) about four friends who go on Sleepovers all over the world. On their adventures, they learn about the world and become global citizens. After all, who doesn’t love a Sleepover?

Plymouth Library to Offer More Digital Options for Patrons in 2014

“eBooks are very popular, and are becoming very popular with younger children,” Petlewski said. “Especially now that the schools are integrating iPads and other digital devices into its curriculum. So we have a brand new eBook page, a portal just for kids books.”

Three ways to encourage your child to read

“E-readers, like Mini, let them have instant access to their favorite stories without the distractions that other devices provide,” says Tamblyn.

Canada created an anti-cyberbullying act, whilst in the US an increasing number of books are being removed from the shelves as ‘unsuitable’… and see some babies on iPads.


#DigitalParenting: Stop Fetishising Childhood

Excellent article – yes, we’ve lost some things, but we’ve gained some others. We have to stop ‘fetishising’ the idea that there’s only one way to be a child:


Read the accompanying article.


A Parent’s Guide to the iPad Nick Vandome – 2012 (In Easy Steps) #DigitalParenting

Book Cover


  • Quick Tips
  • Your Child Needs an iPad
  • Getting to Know the iPad
  • iPad Security
  • Apps and the App Store
  • Educational Apps
  • iPad for Productivity
  • Photos & Videos
  • Music, Games & More
  • Communicating
  • Sharing with the iPad
  • Index

Ideal to encourage children to use the device as it allows them  to communicate, study & play in one go.  Kids will enjoy using the iPad on their own. “However, you should try and ensure that it is not solely a solitary pastime: try and develop the feeling that using the iPad can be a shared experience. This can help you understand how our child is using the iPad and you can also discuss any potential problems. Talk openly about what your expect the iPad to be used for and aim to create mutual trust about a balance between using it as a study tool and also an entertainment centre. But most of all, try and make sure that you and your child can make using the iPad together an enjoyable experience.”

  • Offer support when needed but be prepared to sit back and let them use it if they seem happy with it.
  • Be prepared to learn yourself – let your children teach you
  • Talk honestly to your child about potential problem areas such as inappropriate websites/using message boards – they are then more likely to come to you if there’s a problem.

The importance, as with other practical books, of giving instructions of how to activate privacy settings.


Graduate School entirely on iPads

800px-IPad_2_Smart_Cover_at_unveiling_cropEducation is changing…

Educators across the nation have put Apple’s tablets into the hands of tens of thousands of students. Like many of the devices champions, Dumestre thinks the device has the power to enhance the learning experience like no other.

The new programs are the latest example of how technology isn’t just replacing things like textbooks or lectures, but is even eliminating the need for classrooms. At St. Mary’s, administrators and instructors spend a year working with a consultant to design coursework that takes advantage of the device’s portability and immediacy.

Read full story, and HT to @pmphillips for sending it to me.


Online Texts

The possibilities of digital texts… just trying to work out how the publisher “wins” on this, but good to know that the saving that students could make on textbooks would pay for an iPad. Should we be asking students to bring their own electronic tools?

Lecturer’s agreement with publisher gives first-years core psychology texts for free. Matthew Reisz writes

“Lectures are for enthusing and directing students more than just transmitting information,” said Phil Gee, associate professor in psychology at Plymouth University.

“In the past, some of my students couldn’t afford to buy textbooks and some didn’t bother – although I often felt that the ones who didn’t buy them needed them most. I want to give a lecture knowing that all the students have the textbooks.”

It is this that led Dr Gee to set up an innovative deal with publishing firm Cengage Learning, which means that all first-year undergraduates studying psychology at Plymouth receive free digital copies of 12 core texts for the whole of their university careers.

The students’ digital texts are automatically updated whenever a new edition of the book is published. All can be downloaded to laptops, iPads and iPhones, and the saving to students amounts to over £500.

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