From the BBC article; H/T to Chris Kenneally:
An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.
More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.
And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it.
The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.
Some thoughts from Recode on staying tech-informed so you can be a good guide to your kid’s online life.
Note: A version of the essay in the Recode link was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.
From the BBC post. H/T to Chris Kenneally:
“Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their fine motor skills more quickly. Experts said the study was “timely” but parents should not lose sleep over it.”
From the Sunday NY Times:
“With spring break around the corner, many families will be facing full flights and long road trips. To help maintain order in the back seat and stave off midair meltdowns, do yourself and fellow passengers a favor: Throw out your usual screen time limits and let the children binge on movies and gaming apps for those travel hours. You can quash parental guilt by loading your phone or tablet with apps designed to get them thinking, not just entertained. (To keep noise at a safe level for small ears, invest in a good set of headphones like the $100 Puro recommended by The Wirecutter, the product recommendations website owned by The New York Times.)”
From Tablettoddlers friend Jason Boog by way of Buzzfeed, here are 15 ways kids can use Google Home right now.
According to Jason, “The smart home assistant market exploded last year, bringing artificial intelligence to families around the country. These powerful tools can help kids prepare for our AI-driven future.”
We couldn’t agree more. Co-sign.
From the Wall Street Journal post:
“When young children have free rein over Alexa, Amazon’s voice-enabled virtual assistant, high jinks inevitably ensue. Heed these tips on managing the mayhem.”
Keep Alexa Family-Friendly
Limit Her Power
Lay Down Ground Rules
Teach Respect for ‘Elders’