After I wrote "The trust factor in parenting online kids," I read an insightful commentary by parent, author, and professor Lynn Schofield Clark in Psychology Today – "Disciplining Teens for Online Mistakes" – which touches on monitoring as well as the issue of parenting in public that I wrote about recently too. We definitely resonate, but Lynn is a scholar, writing a neutral piece that describes … [Read more...] about Parenting or (digital) public humiliation?
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 the most interesting (and challenging) parts are self- and peer-driven. So, more and … [Read more...] about For progressive parenting: Great book
Every generation, we adults seem to swing between fear of young people and fear for them. Of course now, with the advent of social media, it's really justified, right? Actually, no, even less so. More on that in a second. In a commentary at Forbes.com, parent and tech policy analyst Adam Thierer at George Mason University asks a very good question: "Why Do We Always Sell the Next Generation … [Read more...] about It’s time to outgrow the ‘kids, these days’ cliche
Instead of grounding their kids for bad grades or behavior, more and more parents are taking away the cellphone, laptop, or Xbox, the Washington Post reports. " In a report earlier this year that captured part of the trend, 62% of parents said they had taken away a cellphone as punishment," it adds, citing data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The article tells of how Ian, then a … [Read more...] about ‘You’re (digitally) grounded!’
To me, the most interesting slide in the BlogHer/Parenting magazine national survey of moms is the one about the difference between their fears vs. their kids' experience of what they fear: Mothers' biggest concern, quite naturally, is inappropriate communications with an adult online (62% share this concern), but only 1% of moms surveyed said their kids had experienced such communication. Next … [Read more...] about Moms’ tech concerns & countermeasures: Survey