On-Demand Video: New Tech City Talks Parenting in the Digital Age

Friday, March 28, 2014

Between tablets, cell phones, video games and computers, the minutes of daily screen time the average child logs in can quickly add up to hours. 

But is there a way to limit screen time while also giving kids the tools to compete in a global economy? Where do tech gadgets and digital media fit into effective and caring parenting? And how can we protect kids from online predators and cyberbullies?

On Wednesday, March 26, New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi hosted a conversation about how to raise healthy, thoughtful and confident kids in the digital age. She was joined by Dr. Susan Linn, co-founder and director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free ChildhoodJoel Levin, co-founder of the games-based education nonprofit MinecraftEduWendy Kelly, of the consciously low-tech Rudolf Steiner School, America’s first Waldorf school; and Matt Smith, director of Camp Longacre in Newport, PA, where campers can use their smartphones, iPads and other tech gadgets all summer long.

Watch the entire conversation below:

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Ron Lambert from Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA

Parent - Child studies done prior to 2000 on language and behaviour need replication with the new era of communication for language to the child - especially on the hours per day/week spent listening and responding to the Parent (and other significant adults) and the language acquired from both the interaction (passive or active) with both sources - the parent and the digital source.
As an early childhood specialist teacher, I think the digital age is challenging parenting precepts of the grand-parent generation and affecting their influence on this current generation of parents. Yesterday, over dinner at a restaurant, our daughter (finishing her Education Degree) made the observation when seeing children at the table eating and interacting with their cell phones, that she thought her deceased Grandparents would not understand how a family would have a family time together with the kids on the phone at the table during the family time together. Digital technology invades the family time at the dinner table and changes language use and meaning among those sitting at the family table. The parents have to respond immediately by sanctioning this or limiting it.

Mar. 29 2014 11:44 AM

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