“Critical thinking brings insight into the situation.”
― Pearl Zhu, 100 Digital Rules
The world is changing faster than ever — the digital age is upon us. It has impacted every single aspect of our lives. It has fundamentally changed how children experience childhood. As childhood evolves in the digital age, so does parenting. Parents play a pivotal role in teaching their children about the digital world and the rules of this new world.
Previously, we have covered questions that digital parents must ask themselves. In this article, we will cover:
There are a few things that parents must know about the digital world. A book by Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark, The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age, mentions four key characteristics of internet or digital media. Dr. Clark is a media scholar and Professor and Chair of the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver.
The four things are as follows:
Now that you know the key characteristics of the internet. The question arises — is the child ready for an independent gadget with internet connectivity? A book by digital literacy educator and advocate Diana Graber, Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology, mentions a few questions that parents must ask themselves before handing their child an independent gadget of any sort with internet access.
They are as follows:
These are critical questions that parents must ask themselves. If you are struggling to answer or have any doubts about your answer to these questions — be it yes or no, it is better to refrain from giving your child an independent gadget with internet access.
Internet access is a massive responsibility. Much good has come from the internet or digital media over the years, but their dangers simply cannot be ignored. It will take some time for children to understand the complexities of the seemingly straightforward world of internet and digital media. As always, be patient and stay consistent with them.
Did you find this article useful? How do you regulate your child’s internet access? Is there any other question you have about digital parenting? Do let us know in the comments below or write to [email protected].
Disclaimer: Though we have verified the source of this information, parental discretion is advised.
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