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Are you ready to raise, educate and protect "Digital Natives"


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Parental Challenges raising children in the digital age

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Are you ready to raise, educate and protect "Digital Natives"

  1. 1. FILM 260 Sandy Shearer St# 04082819
  2. 2. Those who were not brought up in the digital age are referred to as “Digital Immigrants”(9)
  3. 3. Those who were brought up in the digital age and have known technology all their lives are referred to as “Digital Natives” (9)
  4. 4. From birth, “Digital Natives “ will be surrounded by and exposed to technology at a rate unseen in human history. The future will be full of wearable devices that offer constant connectivity to the web and each other (3)
  5. 5. A recent article in the Globe and Mail reported that “Canadian kids can navigate a tablet before they can tie their shoe laces” (11)
  6. 6. But is this surprising given the ease of use of a tablet? Is this not something parents should encourage? as Gary Arlen notes in his article The Internet of Things, “The future world will include automated homes and appliances that will require Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants alike to be tech savvy”(1)
  7. 7. While Digital Natives may sleep soundly with this knowledge…
  8. 8. …the quick adoption of these new technologies presents challenges for Digital Immigrant parents raising Digital Native children in the digital age (6)(12)
  9. 9. Digital Immigrants have legitimate concerns about protecting their Digital Native children in the online world as demonstrated by the tragic case of Amanda Todd, a 16 year old girl who was driven to suicide due to exploitation from an online predator.(7)(13) Picture source: Todd/424112397648645?fref=ts (retrieved 10 June 2015)
  10. 10. Along with physical security, come questions of how much screen time is safe for developing minds.(8) Tablets have only been around since 2010 which has not been long enough to conduct any in-depth research
  11. 11. Digital Immigrants must first educate themselves on technology and online trends so that they can in turn educate and guide their children.
  12. 12. However, If done incorrectly parent’s attempts to keep their children safe and educate them may have the opposite effect and harm independence and trust(5)(2)
  13. 13. Reading online is thought to cause the loss of the ability to conduct deep reading and hamper the ability to focus when reading paper books. (4)
  14. 14. What role will traditional books and reading play in the upbringing of a Digital Native? Bovile and Livingstone argue that Media interactions have replaced children’s traditional leisure reading (10)
  15. 15. In order to prepare Digital Natives to live in both the physical and online world of tomorrow, a balance must be found between traditional methods of learning and play as well as introduction and education to new technologies. (10)
  16. 16. In today’s fast paced world achieving this balance is a significant challenge for Digital Immigrant parents
  17. 17. It is time that Parents educate their children on how to safely navigate the online world…
  18. 18. teach them about the abundance of opportunities technology can provide…
  19. 19. ….and educate them on the dangers and safety requirements that must also be taken…
  20. 20. …so that Digital Natives can grow up to be active and educated Digital Citizens in the interconnected online world of tommorow
  21. 21. FILM 260 sources: 1. Arlen, Gary. 2014. “The Internet of things: looking ahead to an interconnected world”. High Tech Industry News. Retrieved June 5, 2015 (URL 2. Ingram, Mathew. August 2013. “Snooping on your kids: If the NSA’s Tools were available I probably would have used them.” Retrieved 5 Jun 2015 (URL available-i-probably-would-have-used-them/) 3. Islam, Nayeem and Roy Want. 2014 “Smartphones: Past, Present, and Future”. Pervasive Computing. Issue No.04 - Oct.-Dec. vol.13 pp: 89-92. Retrieved June 5, 2015 (URL 4. Johnson, Matthew. “Use, Understand and Creative: Towards a Comprehensive Canadian Digital Literacy Curriculum.” MediaSmarts. 5. Mathiesen, Kay. December 2013 ”The Internet, children, and privacy: the case against parental monitoring. Ethics and Information Technology.” 4:15 6. Paul Pamela. May 3, 2013 “Cyberparenting and the Risk of T.M.I.” The New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2015 (URL tmi.html?_r=0)
  22. 22. Original sources: 7. Dean, Michelle, October 18, 2012.“The story of Amanda Todd” The New Yorker.. Retrieved June 5, 2015. (URL story-of-amanda-todd) 8. Diehl, David C. and Stephanie C. Toelle. “Making Good Decisions: Media in the Lives of Young Children”. Retrieved June 5, 2015 (URL 9. Prensky, Marc. 2001 “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon. MCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5, 10. M. Bovile, Sonia Livingstone. 2013 “Children and Their Changing Media Environment: A European Comparative Study”. Media education. 11. Oliveira, Michael. ”Canadian kids can navigate a tablet before they can tie their laces: report. The globe and mail. Published Sunday, Feb. 09, 2014 10. 12. Pittaro, Michael L. “Cyber stalking: An Analysis of Online Harassment and Intimidation” . International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 2007. 1:2: 180–197 13“The Amanda Todd Story ” . Retrieved June 5, 2015 (URL 14. All photos are original photos and the property of Sandy Shearer with the exception noted on slide 10