Are iPads bad for little children? I ask that metaphorically, for two reasons: because iPads represent a host of tablets and other touchscreen devices children seem to play with joyfully and intuitively, and because that attraction makes it extra hard to imagine kids could self-regulate that iPad play. And yet they do. Take Gideon, for […]
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This is and isn’t about technology. Mostly isn’t. But digital media allow for and expose a dangerous blend of two very different aspects of humanness, one destructive, the latter normative: social cruelty and teenage vulnerability (a lot of focus recently having been on the female variety). The cruelty, the extreme version called trolling – which […]
It takes a team of strong firefighters to manage and direct a fire hose with all the pressurized water coming through it. That’s a good metaphor for today’s media, which seems to come at us at that level of pressure but less regulated than ever because produced by literally anybody; it’s user-driven, and for teens […]
Listen. Ask our kids about their in-game experiences, and then listen a lot. It may sound simple and we’ve heard it before, but listening can have powerful effects. This video interview for Kids and Media UK about kids and videogames with University of Bournemouth professor Stephen Heppell, who for more than 30 years has been […]
This story in Australia isn’t about technology, but consider children’s online safety as you read, ok? News.com.au reports that playground equipment has become so safe as to increase harm to children. How can that be? Super-safe playgrounds keep children from learning calculated risk-taking. “Playground injuries were often a result of children being poorly coordinated because […]
Here’s research showing that social-emotional programs don’t just aid resiliency and pro-social behavior, but academic success as well.
The term “digital native” may be useful at times, but even the person who coined it has moved past this simplistic binary native/immigrant idea to “digital wisdom,” which has real usefulness for our children now and even more so in their futures.
A study of videogames and kids 6-11 in the Journal of Adolescent Health found benefits for girls who play with their parents but no material upside for boys.
Contrary to what many people new to social media seem to believe, the social Web doesn’t have a drastic effect on identity formation – see what the new sociology of childhood has to say.