This is inspired by all the families in Parenting for a Digital Future, the book I reviewed earlier this week (I also added this as a sidebar in that post for readers' convenience). It's a little exercise to explain and expand on the statement I led the review with: “family context eclipses screen time.” Please customize to make it meaningful to your family. Instead of watching the clock to … [Read more...] about A simple exercise for (digital) parenting
Parenting for a Digital Future
Screens kids use, Part 1: Everywhere and ‘irrelevant’
The webinar was set up as a debate, a transatlantic one between psychology Prof. Sonia Livingstone at the London School of Economics and health sciences Assoc. Prof. Kristi Adamo at the University of Ottawa. They were asked to talk about “screen time” by their hosts at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity – whether it’s good, bad or both. Dr. Livingstone was … [Read more...] about Screens kids use, Part 1: Everywhere and ‘irrelevant’
Uncontroversial: Online porn in sex ed
The other day, prominent UK professor Sonia Livingstone tweeted that the latest post in the Parenting for a Digital Future blog (which she helped create) has proven controversial. That’s not a huge surprise. The post argues that not including online porn in high school sex education classes “is a missed opportunity.” I agree. The post’s writer, Claire Meehan, a lecturer in criminology at the … [Read more...] about Uncontroversial: Online porn in sex ed
Safer Internet Day 2019: Risk vs harm, online & offline
What better way to mark Safer Internet Day than with clarity on the difference between risk and harm? Because, where online safety's concerned, the two words have been used interchangeably – inaccurately – for years. It was EU Kids Online, after surveys of more than 25,000 9-16 year-olds across Europe, that first made the distinction, reporting that, "as with riding a bike or crossing the road, … [Read more...] about Safer Internet Day 2019: Risk vs harm, online & offline
What does GDPR mean for our kids?
You may be wondering what, if any, impact Europe's sweeping new data law, GDPR (for General Data Privacy Regulation), has on parenting tech users in your life. After all, it went into effect today, and you may've seen headlines like the New York Times's about how it makes Europe the "world's leading tech watchdog" or the piece in Ad Age pointing out the irony that a data privacy law triggered a … [Read more...] about What does GDPR mean for our kids?