Growing up in a digital world

by Stephanie Brown*

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center promotes advancement in children’s learning through digital media.

Their recent research involving a study of more than 800 parents of children ages 3 through 10 exposed how parents all over the country feel about educating their children in the face of technology. The results from this research were complied into their “Families matter: Designing media for a digital age” report. 

Some of the key findings include:

    • Institutional and cultural factors as well as parents’ personal histories shape children’s experiences with digital media.
    • A majority of parents would rather share “traditional” media activities with their kids.
    • Most parents believe computer-based activities are the most productive and beneficial type of media for a young child’s learning, while mobile phones are seen as least worthy for learning.
    • Parents worry about the way digital media and kids…mainly that children’s physical health, safety and privacy, and face-to-face interaction development are being affected. Call it old-fashioned, but face-to-face communication is still vital in developing strong interpersonal skills and something digital media can’t offer.
    • Virtually two-thirds of parents limit their kids’ media use on a situational basis.
      How do you feel about kids and technology?
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*Stephanie Brown is a graduate of Maryville University and an intern with Parents as Teachers.