Digital Dependence & the Screentime Debate

A recent post in Wired by Robbie Gonzalez examined some of the narrative around screentime and addiction. The piece, titled "We've got the screen time debate all wrong. Let's fix it" looks at some of the conjecture around digital dependence. Gonzalez traces the history from "Internet addiction disorder" to the growing concerns about screens and…

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The Privilege of Screentime

As a parent or educator that works with children, we often feel this pressure of making sure that children have digital texts and tools for them to use for whatever purpose. Sometimes we feel our own rush and desire to buy the "latest and greatest" that we also feel the need to give this to…

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Beware of Facebook Messenger for Kids

This week I was scrolling through Facebook on my mobile device, I came across the following ad for their new Messenger Kids app. In the ad, it shared the names and profile photos of some of my friends that have children, and indicated that they use and like this new tool. I blurred out their…

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Big tech has your kid’s data

A new report highlights the way big tech companies collect data on children. This recent study focuses on the “datafication” of children and its possible consequences suggests these posts may be more problematic than we think. The report titled “Who Knows What About Me,” examines how big tech collects data on children and what the…

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Pointers for parents as you support your child online

Guidance from the Parenting for a Digital Future blog on helping youth negotiate screentime and the development of advanced digital skills they’ll need in their lives. Support their learning in & out of schools using the following guidelines: Start young.Model appropriate use of digital technology.Agree on family rules about digital technology use.Provide your child with access to…

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For Kids, How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

There's so much information -- and anxiety -- out there about how much time your kids should spend using devices. This video from NPR provides guidance on balancing the need for limits with the potential benefits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtbdqIds_3c Enjoy screens, not too much, mostly together. Great guidance from Anya Kamenetz. You should also check out 5 Things…

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Screentime Technopanic in the NY Times

Nellie Bowles from the NY Times posted three pieces that tried to provide some context around the screentime debate. A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley This first article discusses parents in Silicon Valley and their concerns about screentime with their children. The article is replete with quotes about how…

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