Guest post by Jason Brand As a therapist who specializes in helping families navigate an increasingly digital culture, Jason Brand, LCSW, hears a lot from teens about what they find helpful and not helpful when it comes to their social lives, digital devices and advice from their parents. I first met Jason when we were interviewed on a radio show together a few years ago and have been a fan … [Read more...] about Digital & social: A teen’s perspective on parenting
It's fine for people who aren't parents to weigh in on parenting-these-days – aunts, uncles, grandparents, and children do all the time – but why market your article or post as a non-parent? Anyway, columnist Frank Bruni at the New York Times did. I agree with some of what he wrote (that parenting these days is pretty over-thunk), really like some of it (I'll get to that in a minute), and find … [Read more...] about Parenting advice from a non-parent
In Part 1 of this series, I pointed you to a recent talk by John Seely Brown on the whitewater-kayaking kind of learning we need today and in Part 2, examples of that in Marianne Malmstrom's New Jersey classroom. Both touch on "safety" in and for the learning process. Here, Part 3: zooming in on how they and other wise educators have clarified my view of child safety today. What safety is … [Read more...] about The 7 properties of safety in a digital age
"A flighty mind may be going somewhere," writes Hanif Kureishi – a playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, novelist, and short-story writer – in the New York Times. In a very personal account of a "wretched [five-year] period" at the bottom of his class in a suburban-London secondary school, he writes about how some of us really need distraction, and how can we parents really tell (as his couldn't … [Read more...] about Too focused on fear of multitasking?
A lot of insights into digital-age parenting have been surfacing in the research this year – so much good stuff, in fact, that I'm going to crunch it way down into brief snapshots and give you the links so you can find what's relevant to you. 1. Tech parenting Right up front in "Toward Predicting Youth Resistance to Internet Risk Prevention Strategies," Sahara Byrne and Theodore Lee at … [Read more...] about Parenting in the digital age: Major insights