It's interesting that Daily Beast writer Caitlin Dixon precedes her question "When did we let our guard down?" with the story of sleeping on strangers' couch in Italy after finding them in a couch-surfing site. Yes, she let her guard down (but the people were great hosts). What's interesting, though, is that she compared couch-surfing to connecting with people online. One could argue – and I've … [Read more...] about So we’ve all ‘let our guard down’?
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
This reminds me of a hypothesis David Finkelhor put forward in his talk on "juvenoia" last fall: "Several recent studies have found that digital communication can lead to more or better friendships online and off, greater honesty, faster intimacy in relationships and an increased sense of belonging, in addition to practical social benefits like an expanded circle for networking," the Wall Street … [Read more...] about Net use may be making us nicer: Studies