The latest issue was published in April 2014. In it you'll find step by step guides to help improve your family’s online security. These will help you set up parental controls on everything from Twitter to your child’s Android phone. Industry experts, psychologists and parents offer their advice on how to keep your children safe online, as well as the latest news and digital trends.
Recent article [PDF] in American Psychological Association identified four types of positive impact that video games have on the kids who play them: cognitive, motivational, emotional, and social.
Parents need to understand the risks associated with social media. The problem comes when kids share their private thoughts, photos, videos, and personal information. These revealing posts can become very public and last a long time.
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Common Sense Media’s resources for schools.
Digital Passport. http://goo.gl/vyVyE4
1:1 Essentials. 3 stages of a 1: 1 program:
ENVISION, COMMUNICATE, IMPLEMENT
Resources that can be customised for schools planning or implementing a 1:1 program. http://goo.gl/jpJnbg
Graphite. Educators review apps, games and websites for the classroom. http://goo.gl/tsucf7
Watch how it works http://goo.gl/1c3jj2
Common Sense Media’s resources for families.
Parent Blog: Making Sense. Parenting, media and everything in between. http://goo.gl/ViDKRx
Reviews: Advice about age appropriate movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites and music. http://goo.gl/8iZnro
Family Tip Sheets: Age appropriate [K-Y5, Y6-Y8, Y9-Y12] http://goo.gl/2p95SG
Common Sense Media’s blog: making sense
Changing the ‘techno-panic mindset’ with the truth rather than the mythology about kinds experiences with devices and the Internet.
Research Report: Harvard Education
A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents mean to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we actually send: that we value achievement and happiness above all else.
A Platform for Good. 29 May
What Every Parent Needs to Know about Video Games - A Crash Course http://goo.gl/s2BZ9M
Guardian 2 June
Articles for parents that cover: know what your child is playing, learning from the gaming experience, the culture of the game, sportsmanship, when is it OK for children to start playing video games? and setting limits.
It’s hard not to fear for our children when we see headlines about Facebook bullies and online blackmail. But Sonia Livingstone argues that we need to balance our reactions, and not necessarily impose more restrictions.