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The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet

The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

This guest post is brought to you in collaboration with Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post … the 2nd part will appear in the MomsWithApps.comblog in December of 2012.

 

 

From Lorraine, “Carisa and I have both been blogging about family-friendly apps since 2009. We realized through our friendship and conversations, that contrary to what the public might think, media habits in our own homes are actually quite conservative. By immersing ourselves in tech culture, we are gaining enough ‘digital literacy’ to make media plans for our own kids. We hope that by sharing our own stories, we can learn more about your stories, and create a collective view about healthy media habits for families.”

 

Through our discussions, we found ourselves contemplating similar questions, like, “How much screentime is too much?” This turned out to be a key issue on both our minds, as we navigate family life. There is a balance between exposing children to technology, and keeping technology at bay … so trade-offs aren’t made with other aspects of a child’s development.

 

 

 

Below, you’ll find some of the techniques that we’ve identified, with data from our survey. We did this ‘quick study’ with 100 parents recruited from high-tech households in our social media fan base for Digital-Storytime & MomsWithApps.

 

The purpose of the survey was to take a the ‘temperature’ of other families trying to balance media use for their kids, to see how our list stacked up against techniques being used by other families. Note: We focused primarily on ‘leisure time’ or ‘free time’ use of visual media or ‘screen time’ by kids, excluding all curricular & extra-curricular use of media devices for learning in a school/homework or homeschool environment (as well as use of screens for communication or other ‘acts of daily living’ for children with learning disabilities). 

 

We also gathered a lot of qualitative comments that we’ll present in the the 2nd post, regarding advice from parents about how to manage screen time & ideas for the larger community.


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Secret Teacher: jargon is ruining our children's education

Secret Teacher: jargon is ruining our children's education | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
the constant jargon that teachers are forced to use is rubbing off on our students. Not only is this meaningless for them but it's increasingly making their academic performance their responsibility too. Do primary school children really need that kind of pressure when they're so young?

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A Historic Hearing on Dyslexia

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For two hours at the Rayburn Office Building of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, there were no Democrats or Republicans -- just citizens who are concerned about the prevalence of dyslexia in our nation’s children, and convinced that something huge needs to be done to help these kids read, learn and thrive. The Congressional Committee Hearing on The Science of Dyslexia brought educators, parents, and lawmakers to the table.

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Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, September 21, 2:55 PM

An excellent summary! Yes, I do think we can refer to this one as historic without fear of overstating things.

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5 ways to help your kid have a great school year (Hint: don’t help him)

5 ways to help your kid have a great school year (Hint: don’t help him) | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Do you do too much for your child? Here are 5 ways to teach them to do for themselves, and become more independent this school year.
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Free Digital Parenting 101 Course on iTunes

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Preview and download the course Eanes ISD Digital Parenting Course on iTunes U.

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Does chewing gum improve our mind and our productivity?

Does chewing gum improve our mind and our productivity? | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
For advocates of chewing gum in school, if there are any, the past decade of research has brought data, and perhaps hope.

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Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress

Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Being a teenager today is not easy. As schools open throughout the country during August and September, teens are dealing with more than the normal stress that we dealt with before technology....
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Worth reading the whole report at New Media and Society Journal

 

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No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Such thinking affects the way reading is taught in early grades.

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, August 15, 8:12 AM

A valuable read ( as is the linked NY Times article if you have time). The post makes it easy for parents to understand the elements of learning to read v. reading to learn.

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No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Such thinking affects the way reading is taught in early grades.

 

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TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT AUTHOR VISIT by Michael Shoulders

TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT AUTHOR VISIT by Michael Shoulders | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
When I was a student I thought every book in the library was written by dead people. I had no idea authors were “real live people” who breathed the same air as I did. When I grew up and became an a...
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The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
The Distracted Generation Infographic: Tools and Tips to Get Children Refocused!

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, August 6, 2:10 AM

"show your children from an early age that reading is fun!"

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, August 7, 11:46 AM

Reading for pleasure calms the mind and builds ELA skills like vocabulary, imagination, and syntax.

Paper has a different effect than tablets but I agree with much of the infographic.

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Social Media & Kids Parent To-Do List • Mom's Choice Awards

Social Media & Kids Parent To-Do List • Mom's Choice Awards | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
This easy parent to-do list will help prepare and set the ground rules for keeping kids safe BEFORE they start chatting and sharing,
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Our thanks to Kids Email for this easy-to-follow article on preparing your kids / teens for using social media properly and safely.

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Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development
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Having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development, according to a new study.

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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback - Mind/Shift

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback - Mind/Shift | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 2, 10:35 AM

Feedback is necessary in the growth of children and adults. Sometimes it is praise that is involved and other times it is about correction. Feedback is more than broad general statements about doing a good or bad job, but is specific to the task at hand. Pedagogues, parents and teachers alike, have to be aware that they are not manipulating when they use feedback. The feedback has to be directed towards growth and forming in the human being.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 3, 6:51 AM

Feedback needs to be practical and useful in order to actually help an individual improve. This takes effort but it shows you care. It is fine to incorporate praise in feedback as well as your perspective on specific areas of improvement. The goal is to inspire and motivate action based on careful observation.

 

Delivering good, valuable feedback takes time and practice. It can be a powerful and influential tool to motivate and inspire behavioral change.

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Books That Help Create a Class Community Through Read Alouds | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988

Books That Help Create a Class Community Through Read Alouds | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988 | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
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The 36th AVENUE | 10 Things Children Learn From Parents

The 36th AVENUE | 10 Things Children Learn From Parents | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Today I am sharing 10 valuable qualities that children can learn by their parents example. Let me tell you I was lucky to grow up as the youngest child of a loving family. As you can see I am not saying a perfect family but a loving one. We had plenty of imperfections, plenty of craziness...
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Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

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"The Maker Movement http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/tag/maker-movement/ ; has inspired progressive educators to bring more hands-on learning and tinkering into classrooms, and educator Gary Stager would like to see formal schooling be influenced by the Maker Movement, which has inspired young learners to tinker, to learn by doing, and take agency for their learning."


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Action & Expression!

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, August 28, 8:07 AM

The Maker movement taps into the very heart of learning adding purpose and practice to pedagogy,  a heutagogical approach.  How's that for an educational classification?

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Tips for reducing stress in the classroom

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Helping kids with reducing stress in the classroom starts at home with parents introducing this life-long skill of managing stress.
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Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety - Today.com

Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety - Today.com | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety
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It's easy to think that separation anxiety is just for clingy babies, but even your normally cool-as-a-cucumber kid can get unnerved when it comes to starting school.

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Anxiety comes in lots of forms ... and kids *express* it in different ways. These tips can help whether the anxiety is separation or a new school. Although some of the items are geared more to preschool and early elementary students, older students can benefit from getting back into a *real* schedule, checking out their classrooms, etc.

 

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A Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube

A Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

Advice from Common Sense Media editors. How to enjoy YouTube with your kids without feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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Advice from Common Sense Media editors. How to enjoy YouTube with your kids without feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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Brain Training Games Won't Help Children Do Better at School

Brain Training Games Won't Help Children Do Better at School | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

There has been a big increase recently in the number of computerised “brain training” programs marketed at young children.


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ESRC's curator insight, August 12, 1:10 AM

Article written by Emma Blakey who is an ESRC PhD researcher.

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add your insight...

Terry Doherty's curator insight, August 15, 8:32 AM

Good to know ... science doesn't completely back up these claims. The analysis about the areas of the brain that are affected and their capacity to 'retain' this brain training really hit home.

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5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988

5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988 | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
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15 things you didn't know you could get at the library

15 things you didn't know you could get at the library | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
You can borrow a lot more than the latest thriller or romance novel.

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Libraries are a community resource for all kinds of things ... not just books!

 

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Travelling with your pets

Travelling with your pets | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
We recently returned from our PAWS Across Canada tour...building a kinder Canada one paw one person at a time. www.theoriginalteamtoby.com We had the opportunity to experience a wide range of
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From Babysitter to Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning - Huffington Post

From Babysitter to Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning - Huffington Post | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
From Babysitter to Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning
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Educators around the world are embracing mobile learning in what is considered a relentless and inevitable march towards the 'flipped' classroom.

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Gary Barclay's curator insight, July 29, 12:56 AM

Most iPads seem to be filled wth Games...this might offer an alternative?

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, July 29, 9:46 AM

Lots of good learning opportunities with the portable devices - not just for YouTube!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 29, 3:30 PM

An important summary to give parents a few options when faced with a technology onslaught!

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Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way? - Auburn Citizen

Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way? - Auburn Citizen | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way?
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Gradually, our children are introduced to consonant blends (sl, tr, cr), digraphs (th, sh, ch), vowel teams (ea, ou, ui), and then words containing more than one syllable.

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Every child learns differently - and at different paces! If you are starting to introduce words and/or  you're child is struggling with developing his/her reading skills, this may be an approach that could work for you.

 

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