Letting Your Kids Play in the Social Media Sandbox

It’s a conundrum Tablettoddlers is currently facing with his eight-year old daughter.  She’s starting to talk about Facebook and Twitter.  What’s a dad to do?  From this NY Times article:

Unlike Barbies or Legos, there is no recommended age for letting your children play in the social media sandpit. There is no government-imposed age limit, like for consuming alcohol or driving. There is no parental guidebook (even if there was one, it would have to be updated weekly with each new social media upstart).

Technically, most websites don’t allow children under 13 to sign up for an account, as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, known as Coppa, prohibits companies from collecting information on children. But these rules are followed about as much as children adhering to PG-13 and R ratings for movies.

Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Telegram, Secret, YikYak…where does it end?

We agree with this from the piece:

…parents should be vigilant in monitoring what their child posts. In the age of cyberbullying, it also offers a teachable moment. It is imperative that children learn that what they say online can hurt others. Teaching someone digital empathy is a dozen times more difficult than teaching them empathy in real life. And whether we like it or not, this is part of parenting today.


Calm the F*ck Down: The Only Parenting Technique You’ll Ever Need

Calm the F*ck Down!  No, seriously, that’s the name of the book…

If you’re a good parent, you probably drive yourself crazy with worry. This book is for you. Based on his viral blog post and addressing concerns from “my baby won’t poop” to “my boy likes girl toys” to “everything costs too much,” David Vienna‘s wise and funny parenting advice will amuse and inform—and remind you that (almost) nothing is worth freaking out about.

Here’s a link to the book.  Tablettoddlers respects and endorses.

UK Report: Digital Literacy Should be Taught as Core Skill

Tablettoddlers former student Elizabeth McLeod passed along this BBC article calling for digital skills be taught as core subjects in schools alongside math and English.

The report says:

  • No child should leave school without basic digital literacy
  • Universities should ensure all graduates are “digitally competent”
  • Apprenticeships should have a greater emphasis on digital skills

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Sesame Street Scores With House of Cards Parody

Some people say there’s too much pork in this town. Frank Underwolf could not agree more. And that is why Mr. Underwolf is on a mission to huff and puff and blow down all the little pigs’ houses. In this town, you have to know which way the wind is blowing, and unfortunately, for those little piggies, it’s about to get very windy.

Check out the video here.

YouTube Launches Kid-Friendly Android App

Google is launching a free version of YouTube for children on Android devices called YouTube Kids. It offers an easy-to-use interface as well as a selection of YouTube content appropriate for children. The idea is that kids love YouTube, but parents are worried not all of the content on the service is appropriate for their children.  For more, check out this post.

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