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Daniel Lai/Aurora Photos Watching TV while a parent is busy: Video screen time has no educational benefits for young children, a report says. The recommendation, announced at the group’s annual convention in Boston, is less stringent than its first such warning, in 1999, which called on parents of young children to all but ban television watching for children under 2 and to fill out a “media history” for doctor’s office visits.
The front cover for A Present for Milo , a top children's book app from Ruckus Media Group. This and other kids' books apps are redefining the way children are reading. Ruckus Media Group There's a whole new way to read your kids to sleep these days — or to distract them while you are trying to get something done. If you have a smartphone or an iPad, you can download a kids' book app in no time. From classics to stories created specifically as an app, these enhanced e-books include narration, animation and interactive features.
Add three more babies to the pool of those likely to have their pictures posted on the internet. Most children in the Western world have an online footprint by the age of 2, a study says In the U.S. 92 percent of 2-year-olds are pictured somewhere on the Web The security firm that commissioned the study worries about privacy risks for children (CNN) -- Children can't change their DNA, and now it seems they're inheriting another permanent feature from their families -- an online presence. Thanks to the ubiquity of photo-sharing websites like Facebook, 82 percent of children in 10 Western countries have a digital footprint before the age of 2, according to a study by internet security firm AVG.
With 92% of American children under the age of 2 appearing in online pictures, the United States leads the way in new parents' use of social networking . But sites such as Facebook are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the technologies new parents have embraced. Imagine Katie, a composite sketch of a new mother of a 6-month-old infant who brings together observations of several of our patients and friends: Katie strolls through the neighborhood chatting on her cell phone with a friend and texts her husband to remind him to pick up fish and an eggplant for dinner. Later, while nursing on the park bench, she checks a nursing app to log the time of day and length of this breast-feeding. She also gets a question answered about storing her milk for when she returns to work. (If she were pumping at work, she could use this app to show her pictures and sounds of nursing babies to help stimulate her let-down).
The iPhone has revolutionized telecommunications. It has also become the most effective tool in human history to mollify a fussy toddler, much to the delight of parents reveling in their newfound freedom to have a conversation in a restaurant or roam the supermarket aisles in peace. But just as adults have a hard time putting down their iPhones, so the device is now the Toy of Choice — akin to a treasured stuffed animal — for many 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds. It’s a phenomenon that is attracting the attention and concern of some childhood development specialists.
Sunday’s New York Times Style Section included a fascinating article entitled, “Toddlers’ Favorite Toy: The iPhone”. The article, well-written by Hilary Stout, wrote about how parents are using their iPhones to soothe and entertain their very young babies and toddlers. The very next day, I was out to lunch with a dear friend and her 19-month old baby. As our lunch drew to a close, and the little guy got fussy, out came the iPhone. My friend turned on Elmo, the baby got a glazed, calm look on his face…and it bought us 15 more minutes for our girls lunch.
By Tom Rosenstiel and Amy Mitchell of the Project for Excellence in Journalism By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. After two dreadful years, most sectors of the industry saw revenue begin to recover. With some notable exceptions, cutbacks in newsrooms eased.
Born Digital is an initiative of the Digital Natives project, an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. The aim of the Digital Natives project is to understand and support young people as they grow up in a digital age. Within the project, we make use of a variety of methods to investigate a range of themes pertaining to youth and their use of technologies. Our outputs range from academic publications to hands-on legal, educational, and technological interventions.
Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction? « Oxford University Press – English Language Teaching – Global BlogZöe Handley , our resident EFL technology guru, considers the notion of the so-called “digital natives / digital immigrants” divide and whether such a divide exists between learners of English as a foreign language and their teachers. Ever since I became aware that the digital natives / digital immigrants opposition is having a negative effect on teachers’ confidence in their use of technology in language teaching, the topic has frustrated me. In this post, I will explain why. Where did the terms digital native and digital immigrant originate?
A digital native is a person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technologies and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts. Alternatively, this term can describe people born during or after 1960s, as the Digital Age began at that time; but in most cases, the term focuses on people who grew up with the technology that became prevalent in the latter part of the 20th century and continues to evolve today. Other discourse identifies a digital native as a person who understands the value of digital technology and uses this to seek out opportunities for implementing it with a view to make an impact.