10 Stories About #DigitalParenting 28/11/13

oosxA18Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:

  • Give Your Child More Screen-Time, Here’s Why: Parents and educators are often inundated with information that cautions them against allowing their children more than a certain amount of screen-time, suggesting that it fosters anti-social behavior and impacts their ability to learn. Yet studies have found that it depends on the type of content, not the device usage itself, that truly matters. (Whilst others suggest to take some time out)
  • Stop Sharing on Thanksgiving: This year, let’s take a day off from sharing our every thought and feeling with the world. Give thanks for the people in your life by giving them your undivided attention. The most meaningful thing we have to give is our time. Stop broadcasting and start listening.
  • The ‘Facebook’ Town Square: So, now Facebook is serving as the old town square, where people spread the word, get up on the occasional soapbox, and — most dangerously — visually place someone in a stockade when they have wronged the owner of the Facebook account. No judge or jury needed, just the ability to coerce someone into giving up their dignity and holding up a sign stating their transgressions.
  • Kids and Life Online: Are Parents’ Fears Warranted?: For the parents of “digital native” children, the fact that their kids spend so much of their lives online is often the source of serious consternation. For starters, they worry they’re raising a generation of sallow, unpleasant, disconnected creatures who are fearful of emotions, physical contact and possibly even sunlight. They also wonder if playing Angry Birds for hours on end is sharpening their kids’ minds or turning them to mush; if texting 60 times per day is teaching their kids vital communication skills or turning them away from real-world relationships; if Facebook is a healthy venue for social interaction or an overflowing cauldron of bullies and miscreants. Etc. Most of all, though, parents worry that the digital universe is a dangerous place for their children to wander unsupervised.
  • Creating An Army of Digital Defenders To Stop Child Sexual Exploitation: This week, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, issued an op-ed in the UK’s Daily Mail outlining the new proactive steps Google has committed to take in response to the accessibility of child pornography links via mainstream search platforms. Google stands alongside Facebook, Microsoft and many other technology companies that have stood up to be part of the proactive effort to combat the sexual exploitation of children.

… and what you might look for in technology gifts for Christmas, the growth of digital libraries, sharing gift ideas via blogs and we are warned of the dangers of texting and driving.