Includes information about and links to sites such as the PBS Webonauts Academy (“Webonauts Internet Academy is a web original game for PBS KIDS GO! that gives kids 8- to 10-year-old an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚ information-rich world. It is an engaging experience on its own but becomes all the more powerful when parents and teachers use game play as a springboard for conversations about media literacy and citizenship in the 21st Century.”) to Netsmartz Teens, “Understanding You Tube and Digital Citizenship”, and more. and are available now. Check them out!
“…traditional advertising and its effects on kids has been well researched, but no one knows the impact of these new-media platforms on kids. And the lack of research has implications for kids’ health and well-being.” What are the implications of newer ad strategies using social media, online games, and more?
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“Middle schoolers are not old enough (or developmentally ready) to have as much freedom online as they often do these days. Think of these devices like cars: Before kids can drive them alone, they need to know the rules. They need clear roads with bright lines painted for them to show them where—and where not—to go.
In order for parents to teach these rules to our kids, many of us need a crash course in them ourselves—consider it a new technologies boot camp. If your middle schooler seems to be spending more time on Facebook or texting than she is in-person with her friends, this boot camp is for you.”
Read more on the Raising Happiness blog. Do you agree?
Raising Digital Natives: Technology And Our Kids
If you missed this compelling series of discussions broadcast on NPR, click here to listen to what’s being talked about regarding technology and our kids. From infants through teens, these podcasts address some of the issues we face in raising digital natives.
Some Digital Literacy News
Thoughts from Common Sense Media on Gender Stereotypes in the Digital Age.
In February, join Susan Linn of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood at the 92nd Street Y:
Monday, February 11 – 12 noon
“Raising Children in a Digitized and Commercialized World: Challenges for Parents and How to Meet Them”
As part of the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference, Feb. 11-12
Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
One-day and full registration available at: http://www.92y.org/ParentingConference.aspx
As the BNS/BCS library develops its own digital literacy curriculum and programming, and as our children engage more and more online, check out “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age”.
Many links, tools for educators, and thought provoking questions for students about plagiarism and digital ethics. Worth a look for educators and students.
This is a link to an Associated Press article about Janell Burley Hofmann who gave her 13-year old son an iPhone under the condition that he sign a contract dictating a code of behavior to which he must abide. It’s an interesting perspective that ties into the conversation started yesterday at BNS’ Parents As Learning Partners’ workshop on raising kids in our digital world.