Predictably, the media coverage of a new survey of parents on digital-age parenting focused mainly on their concerns about tech and the Net. We need to question that – question the value of repeatedly reporting about concerns if, as a society, we want parents to feel confident in helping their children navigate today's media. Here are some questions we might ask, for example: 1. UK psychologist … [Read more...] about Do surveys about parents’ concerns increase digital-parenting confidence?
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I'm stating the obvious – that perfect digital-age parenting doesn't exist – but let me explain why it doesn't. Writer Heather Havrilesky got me thinking about this with her commentary "The 'Mommy' Problem" in the New York Times this weekend. She focuses on mothers (since our culture does so much) and on offline parenting. I'll add the digital part. She writes that "the current culture demands … [Read more...] about Perfect digital parenting doesn’t exist
These are only suggestions, because you know what works best at your house. Other people's suggestions, of course including these, need your inputs—your family's values and priorities and your children's. Because social media is a reflection of the social lives and circles of people of all ages, it's embedded in our everyday lives (to the extent we use it, of course). So the "social" basics … [Read more...] about (Digital) Parenting Basics
Increasingly, digital media are just part of the rhythm of everyday US family life, a significant new study of parents of young children indicates. The study, "Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology," conducted by Northwestern University's Center on Media & Human Development, surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 2,300 parents of children 8 and under about how media – … [Read more...] about Parenting the littlest media users: Important study
NetFamilyNews is less and less about tech parenting and more and more about just parenting (and in every other way working with) children and young people in this networked world. That's because – over the 15 years I've been on this beat, this exploration – it has become clearer and clearer that this time of discontinuity (and how we're dealing with it) is so much more about our humanity than our … [Read more...] about Exploring what parenting & social media are teaching us