Children who bask in the nighttime glow of a TV or computer don’t get enough rest and suffer from poor lifestyle habits.
A provincewide survey of Grade 5 students in Alberta showed that as little as one hour of additional sleep decreased the odds of being overweight or obese by 28 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. Children with one or more electronic devices in the bedroom—TVs, computers, video games and cellphones—were also far more likely to be overweight or obese.
The Family Online Safety Institute, an international non-profit organisation, has developed this 5 minute video looking at the figures of teens using the internet, social media and smartphones. The statistics are really interesting. It’s worth a watch.
Recently well known child and young adult psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg attended a learning and teaching conference in Melbourne where he suggested that students earn a licence to use a mobile phone after learning safe and responsible use. The Age reports:
His intention is not to ban them, rather to facilitate greater use of technology by first teaching students what safe and responsible use is and then obtaining their agreement to abide by a set of rules and conditions.
Students would sit a licence test online with their parents needing to sign up to validate their digital rights, says Dr Carr-Gregg.
”There is absolutely no point in banning them because it is going to be the central part of their education. This would at least ensure they have the skills, the knowledge, strategies and basic competencies before they’ve brought the device to school,” Dr Carr-Gregg said.
We hear a lot about young people and technology but how much of what we know is based on actual research? In this program we speak to some of the leading researchers in the field. We examine the connection between young people, technology and wellbeing, and question whether some of our fears about kids and technology are actually valid.
Dr danah boyd; Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.
Dr Amanda Third: Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Communication Arts Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. Research Program Co-Leader, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.
Associate Professor Jane Burns: CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.
Makhala Swinson: Member of the Young and Well CRC Youth Brains Trust and Lifeline phone counsellor, Youth Ambassador, Photographer.
Maxine: Participant in the ‘Living Lab’ experiment.
Chris Pycroft: Participant in the ‘Living Lab’ experiment and member of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre’s Youth Brains Trust.
Nicole: Participant in the ‘Living Lab’ experiment.
Recently the BBC reported that ‘ international mobile operators would be giving customers more control over how data about them is being used.’
The action will limit the kinds of data available to marketers and others if a subscriber adds restrictions.
“There’s a burning need for the industry to develop a way to communicate what the consumer has consented to,” said Andrew Bud, head of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) which is co-ordinating the tools’ development.
How can parents best protect their children from online threats while respecting their privacy?
A wide range of products monitor children on their mobile phones and the Internet. Where is the line between appropriate supervision and spying? Is there one?
What rules do you have in your house regarding technology use?
Sites like Facebook and Twitter technically don’t allow users under the age of 13, but many tweens lie about their age in order to sign up anyway. As a parent, should you prevent your children from signing up for such sites, even if their friends are using them? If so, what are some alternative sites they can use?
What is a reasonable amount of time for children to spend interacting with a screen each day?