Visit the FOSI site to look at the digital parenting report as well as the results of other research.
I attended the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) 2014 annual conference last week and was captivated by the results of the organization’s new digital parenting research — a national survey conducted by Hart Research Associates — with randomly selected parents of children, ages 6 – 17. The participants’ children needed to be Internet users and have access to technology devices.
FOSI commissioned the research to identify digital parenting trends — the challenges, benefits, and potential harm that parents worry about as they observe their 21st Century children using technology of effortlessly. You can read the entire report, and on the same page you can also see the slide presentation that attendees saw during the conference.
I’ve been meaning to share the short piece, Americans Spend Nearly Two Days a Month Using Mobil Apps, that appeared on the Time.com site. Written by Jack Linshi, the October 2014 article points out that we (everyone, not just kids) are increasing our use of mobile apps. The article also notes that ComScore has collected data on the most used apps, clearly illustrating in one graph (April 2014, below) the proportion of time we use on apps and browsers (on a computer or other device). The access to some digital locations is almost entirely by apps. Linshi’s piece also links to the Nielsen cross-platform report.
Visit ComScore for more amazing charts and graphs,
Last week the Platform for Good blog published my post, Why Wikipedia: The Questions Parents Keep Asking. It’s full of information to help you and your 21st Century children understand more about Wikipedia — how to use it well and how to avoid problems.
The post even mentions GDS alum and filmmaker Scott Glosserman’s excellent video, Truth in Numbers: Everything According to Wikipedia. The video is available at Amazon.
Check out my post and the video.
Want to learn a bit about the 21st Century students who are entering college right now and infer a bit about digital kids at other ages? Check out this year’s Beloit College Mindset list for the class of 2018. This yearly list helps adults — parents and educators — recognize just how much our cultural frames of reference differ from those of our digital-age children, even if they may be younger than college freshmen.
Started in 1998 by two faculty members at Beloit, the list was originally created as a way for faculty and staff at the college to learn more about how easy it is for adults talk about things that they take for granted but that their students don’t know. The website includes links to past years’ lists.
Check out an interesting graphic filled with back-to-school digital life conversation starters over at the Platform for Good website. You can also download a PDF with a larger image to post at home near a work area or on the refrigerator.
August and September are good months to think about family digital citizenship issues. Ask yourself and your kids questions such as:
- How can we balance screen time with outside time?
- How can we model best practices for one another?
- How can we keep track of our digital footprints and our digital reputations?
- Should we use one of the many digital contracts and agreements in our family?