Feeling nostalgic isn’t proof of how things used to be.
Childhood wasn’t more ‘innocent’ or ‘natural’ before digital technologies or the pandemic.
Some of the old rules may no longer apply.
Families may want to relax some of their usual rules for digital media use due to social distancing. But keeping bedtime screen-free still makes sense.
Using tech together with their parents is better for children.
There are ways to use tech to help kids learn, explore their interests and get creative.
Hard at play: ‘technology corner’ can teach kids healthy boundaries around device use.
Children see adults on smartphones, looking up information they need to know, and being continuously connected. They want to copy this behaviour in their play and practise being an adult.
Apps can be digital toys used by children to design, create, build, investigate and imagine.
Apps which encourage children to develop language, literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills through play are excellent gifts this Christmas.
How often do you take away your kid’s phone?
We need to shift the focus away from parenting that relies on threats and rewards, to one that nurtures meaningful parent-child and child-technology relationships.
Should children under the age of 13 be given access to smartphones?
Teaching fear and avoidance of technology may protect people from negative consequences. But it also prevents them from finding, and benefiting from, productive uses of new innovations.
Technology can be a powerful tool for learning.
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Here’s a guide to getting rid of “junk” apps and ensuring your kids develop healthy tech habits both in term time and during the school holidays
Children’s Facebook accounts should not be open doors for journalists.
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Images taken from young people’s Facebook are being used by the media with impunity.
I need it NOW!
Footage of children throwing tantrums when their tablet is taken away can be unsettling. But the fact is technology can be good for their development, if they engage with it positively.
Children growing up in a world of social media are developing a very different conception of privacy to that of their parents.
Many people are shocked by what children are willing to share about themselves online. Is it that they don’t understand privacy, or just have a different conception of it compared to adults?
Children are accessing technology at an earlier age than ever.
Taiwan recently made the unprecedented move of banning children two years and younger from using any form of digital technology. Older children and teenagers will also be severely restricted, with new…
It’s likely children will come across child-unfriendly content online, regardless of parental control.
You might have seen reports that Google could offer children under the age of 13 years a simple and safe way to access their internet services, including Gmail and YouTube. But will this new strategy really…
I’m sure I use mine more that you do.
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The bond between a child and their smartphone is like an umbilical cord. Now, a new survey has uncovered just how dependent the “smartphone generation” of British children are on the devices compared to…