Readings for parents about kids' healthy/responsible use of technology
December 7, 2013 12:10 PM Subscribe
Some friends and I would like to create (and work through) a reading list of current, thoughtful, thought provoking, but non-alarmist articles and/or books on helping kids create a healthy relationship with technology. The immediate focus is on elementary and middle school kids, but we'd expand it for general thought-provoking material on topic.
posted by cocoagirl to Technology (3 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
(I understand "healthy" is exactly the squidgy concept up for discussion, but essentially we're not interested in being either reactionary Luddites or laissez faire 24/7-immersionists).
We're a tech-astute group already, so mostly we're interested in improving our awareness of various norms and challenges that school-aged kids may swim in and face that we don't, technologies and implications that may be coming down the pike, and how to encourage our kids to have a broad and critical point of view. Big questions for both parents and kids to consider, without easy or readily apparent answers, are welcome. I'm considering the following books but would greatly prefer recommendations, as well as suggestions for articles that may generate faster/looser discussion.
+ Born Digital
- seems focused on young adults
+ You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
by Jaron Lanier
+ The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr
Note this question is not
seeking tech solutions for how to monitor or govern our kids' personal data or online activities, etc.