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October 3, 2017

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8 Digital Skills we must Teach our Kids

 

"The safety of our children in a digital world is a primary concern for many parents.  The author says that children spend an average of seven hours a day in front of screens - from television and computers, to mobile phones and digital devices. That's a pretty amazing amount of time and reinforces why understanding the digital world is so important as a parenting skills.  This article does an excellent job of breaking down the skills that children will need to survive and thrive." Susan 

 

The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating. The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. And our kids are at the centre of this dynamic change.

 

Children are using digital technologies and media at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods of time. They spend an average of seven hours a day in front of screens — from televisions and computers, to mobile phones and various digital devices. This is more than the time children spend with their parents or in school. As such, it can have a significant impact on their health and well-being.  What digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen — all these factors will greatly influence children’s overall development.

 

This is more than the time children spend with their parents or in school. As such, it can have a significant impact on their health and well-being. What digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen — all these factors will greatly influence children’s overall development.The digital world is a vast expanse of learning and entertainment.

 

But it is in this digital world that kids are also exposed to many risks, such as cyberbullying, technology addiction, obscene and violent content, radicalization, scams and data theft. The problem lies in the fast and ever evolving nature of the digital world, where proper internet governance and policies for child protection are slow to catch up, rendering them ineffective.  Read the whole article. 

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