Apple and Perkins School for the Blind partner to teach kids how to code

The program is meant to make technology more accessible to visually-impaired students at the Watertown school.  Click here for more.

*Full disclosure:  Tablettoddlers.com CBO Craig Sender is Director of Media and Public Relations at Perkins School*

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Teachers, parents divided on technology

There is a wide gap between teachers and parents concerning technology, with teachers saying it has harmed students’ mental and physical health, according to a majority of educators participating in a recent Gallup survey. Parents surveyed were more likely to say that technology helps support students’ mental and physical health.

Check out this Washington Post article for more.

Apple Touts Homework Fun With Its New Student iPad

Apple is touting its new iPad for students with a vibrant spot that features children using the device to film themselves joyfully learning about gravity for a homework assignment by dropping a watermelon from a bridge and throwing a mattress from a roof. The ad is set to the narration of Jack Prelutsky’s poem, “Homework! Oh, Homework!” by gravelly-voiced ad veteran Mark Fenske.

Check out the video here.

Apple Debuts New Page to Help Parents With Screen-Time Concerns

From the CNN piece:

The new “Families” page — located at apple.com/families — is an attempt to help parents understand and use all the features that are already floating around on Apple devices. Many parents may not know that they have the power to track their children’s location, monitor and limit their purchases, and filter what content they can see on their devices.

It also covers privacy, health related settings like sleep mode, sharing between family members, and the use of Apple devices in education.

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The company also updated its support page for parental controls.

Why Your Kids Need You To Unplug (At Least a Little Bit)

Ninety-eight percent of children under the age of 8 have access to a mobile device at home, and all that time connected can have a negative impact on them. Kids spend a lot of time in front of screens – and need to unplug sometimes, writes Angela Roe in this MediaShift piece. She recommends making the upcoming National Day of Unplugging a family affair.

48-Hour Screen-Time Experiment: What Happens When Kids Have No Limits

From the Good Morning America segment:

“Every parent I know complains about the battle: Being the screen police with their kids. How much screen time? When can the kids have it? And how do you get them to power off when their time limit is up?

The dream is that kids will self-regulate their screen time and turn the devices off after a moderate amount of use. But how far from that reality are we?

The Harding family of Menlo Park, California, decided they would try to find out.”

PHOTO: The Harding family of Menlo Park, Calif., let their four children, 6-year-old Cooper, 9-year-old Spencer, 11-year-old twins Jackson and Kaitlyn, regulate their own screen time for 48 hours.