use media to socialize with your children

Here are a few ideas for parents and children how to use tablet/phone computers as social tools. The below is not an exhaustive list. These suggestions address parents with pre-teen children and parents who worry about screen-time and media ‘effects’. Nevertheless, everyone can adjust these to fit their tastes and family dynamics, to benefit from … Continue reading

enforce your terms already!

World Wild Web Some of the content available on the Internet is wild, to say the least. This can be especially worrying to parents: What their children could come across when they use the Internet. Parents with a sound mind wouldn’t take their pre-teens to a strip club nor toddlers to play unattended near a highway. … Continue reading

table manners

We see them doing it everywhere. While they eat, while they commute, while walking, at restaurants, in the stores: Kids and young people staring at or doing something on their phones. But it’s not just them. It’s us – parents, educators, policy makers, pessimists, optimists – too. Before throwing ourselves into judgment as the mature-therefore-more-experienced-and-knowing, let’s consider … Continue reading

the complexity of Internet use

Mainstream media still has an important role in people’s lives. Therefore, the words they use and mass-spread  must be carefully selected and weighted. While mainstream media don’t necessarily tell us what to think, they do tell us what to think about. Not sure about the under 30s but whatever the media platform or news source … Continue reading

“yes, but how many of them have it?”

The title of this article is a question that came from a principal of a primary school in Malta whom I met to present my doctoral research findings recently. Her question was as a result of one of the slides in my presentation. The slide contained several quotes of children (no real names have been … Continue reading