Our children are growing up using digital media and they're learning about the world through these rapid- and ever-changing devices. Most of us parents didn't grow up with all of these gadgets and it can be hard to keep up. My kids are fortunate to have a teacher at their school who just teaches about computers and technology.
Recently, she gave a talk to some of the parents about raising children in this digital age. I thought it might be helpful to share some of the information she provided.
The following facts are found in the Kaiser Family Foundation's Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, a 2009 report about a national survey undertaken by the KFF.
More and more schools are teaching their students digital citizenship, defined as "a framework for understanding appropriate and responsible technology use." But if a child is to gain a thorough understanding of what it means to be a good citizen on the Internet, parents must also become knowledgeable about these skills and participate fully in the family's use of digital technology.
I heard a great analogy about all this the other day: Our children are learning to navigate the digital world as their first language, while we, their parents, are learning it as a second language. Our children have access to the entire world through media in a way that we never did. It's up to us to teach them to navigate this world safely.
And a great book for parents
Raising a Digital Child by Mike Ribble