I could tell you that the average child spends 1,500 hours a year watching T.V., but only 900 in school. I could say that by the time a child finishes elementary school, they have seen 8,000 murders on television. These statistics are all true, but they don’t seem to change anything.
Dad is holed up in his home office on the computer, while Mom is cooking dinner and checking e-mail on her iPhone. The adolescent son is playing video games in his bedroom, the teenage daughter is Facebooking on her laptop and the younger daughter is zoned out in front of a Disney DVD.
Remember those pieces of paper with handwritten words on them that you used to post to people? "Letters" I think they're called. To be honest though, I wouldn't have a clue, as I've neither sent nor received one in my 16-year-old life.
I'm sure the majority of readers here have at least sent a personal letter to friends or family in their lifetime. However, the same cannot be said about my generation. I've sent tens of thousands of emails, Facebook messages, SMSs, and IMs - but never a single letter.
High-tech children's gadgets flooding the marketplace can confuse parents, and make it difficult for each Mom and Dad to separate cleverly-packaged items from truly educational toys. The task gets even more complicated now that high-tech toys are being marketed to children are still in diapers.
Parents often ask me about the technology available in their child’s room. When you walk into their bedroom they have a computer hooked up to the Internet, a television, video game consoles. Throw in their IPod and cell phone and they don’t need to come out if they don’t want to. Often they choose not to. Should we be concerned?
For new moms, finding the time to do just about anything other than focus on your little one can be a challenge as days quickly fill with feeding, changing, soothing and just being with your baby. Along with the new responsibilities of motherhood comes the need to keep parents, friends and relatives updated with pictures, videos, and stories of baby’s “firsts.” Creating a central online site can make it easier to keep everyone in the loop.
When it comes to writing and talking about the internet Douglas Rushkoff has been around the block (or driven his share of miles on the Information Superhighway if you prefer that metaphor). He was an early proponent of the internet, both in books and on television. In preparing for this interview I watched the wonderful documentary Digital Nation, which serves as a good reminder of how frequently he was on media outlets talking about the internet.
79% of all moms in the U.S. with children under the age of 18 are active in social media. Of these moms, about one in four (23%) said they have purchased a children's product as a result of a recommendation from a social networking site or blog.
Earth’s Robotics geeks have it easy. Geeks and future Sith lords of empires from a galaxy far far away need to work for a scum of a junk dealer in a desert like planet just to build a bipedal humanoid protocol droid. Now, future nerdy Earthlings have it even easier with the new extraordinary and programmable robot – ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover.
All students from 4th to 12th grades will be required – not suggested, or recommended, or even encouraged – but required to have an iPad, as a replacement for books and notebooks. But the school is reportedly blocking Facebook and Twitter.
Earlier this week, Google launched "Google TV for EDU," which it bills as a seeding program to support university research. "Google TV for EDU asks campuses around the country: how can educators enhance the Web on TV for the classroom?," Google TV product manager, Miriam Schneider, explained on the Google TV blog. "Specifically, we're asking faculty how their research could: 1) Generate new interest in television engineering; 2) Make computer science tangible for students; 3) Help in the development of smart TV curricula and new educational tools; 4) Contribute to in-classroom and distance learning over television; 5) Reach a wide audience."
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