Parenting in a Digital Age

Links to research, websites, resources, videos and apps referenced in the SafeOnline “Parenting in a Digital Age” workshop.

Online Considerations

10 Apps Teens Love

Social Media and Effects

Everything digitized is public and permanent :

Police: Stop posting pictures of your kids on social media!

Should parents friend their kids on Facebook?

You are the ‘Product”. Jim Balsillie, former chair of Research in Motion

Gaming: Good & Bad

Gaming can make a better world, Jane McGoinal
Anash Interactive
Darfur is Dying
Never Alone
Privacy Pirates
NetSmartz Kids
Parent Guide to Game Ratings
Common Sense Game Reviews
Fortnite : CBC Podcast,The Current, May 24, 2018 and Fortnite
Amazon’s streaming service Twitch is pulling in as many viewers as CNN and MSNBC :

Sexting & Online Pornography

The Social Cost of Pornography :
The Great Porn Experiment – Ted Talk – Gary Wilson :
The Good Men Project :
Canadian Sexual Health Education Site :
Adventures in Sex City :
Planet Ahead :
Consent and Tea :
Everything you know about penises :

Extreme Mean Places

Chatroulette, video chat site :
Woman is contacting the moms of boys who threatened to rape her :
Gore Porn :
Deep Dark Web :
Extreme Mean :

Smartphones, Apps and Children

Tristan Harris TED talk. How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day. :
Smartphone Addiction – Globe and Mail :
“Children, Adolescents and the Media,” 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics cited from a Kaiser Family Foundation study in 2010 :
Screen Addiction is Taking a Toll on Children :
Former FaceBook executive; social media is ripping society apart :
Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling ‘insecure’ and ‘worthless’: and
Decreases in Psychological Well-Being Among American Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Screen Time During the Rise of Smartphone Technology. Jan 2018 :
New rigorous study confirms: the more you use FB and worse you feel :
Jean Twenge – iGen (book)  : and
Nicholas Kardaras, addictions expert and author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids. Cited from Winnipeg CTV News, by Beth Macdonell, Feb. 16, 2017 :
Why electronic before bed is bad, video :

Parents Using Technology

Steve Jobs was a low tech parent :
Perils of texting while parenting :
State of the Kids Survey 2014 :
Make Time for Real Time, Common Sense Media videos :

Setting Limits at Home

How (and Why) Paediatricians Are Changing That Strict No-Screen Rule :
American Paediatrics Assoc. 2015 : and (2016)
Slow Tech Media Diet :
Family Online Agreements
MediaSmarts (CA) Family Online Agreement :
Family Media Plan  :
ChildNet Family Agreement :
Family Sharing on iTunes/ Apple iOS Accounts : , and
Outsmarting the Smart Screens: A Parent’s Guide to the Tools that are Here to Help : and
Encourage the use of online time and device use tracking apps :
iOS 12- Screentime App – and Apple Press Release –
Andriod OS “ScreenTime” –  equivelent, and
How to end screen time without a struggle :

Good Online Resources

Best of the Web, Webby Awards :
Project Gutenberg :
Platform for Good :
TeacherTube :
Vi Hart, “Doodling in Math Class” :
Media Smarts :
Common Sense Media :
PREVnet for Parents : Cyber Tool to teach your kids to be safe and ethical online :
Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, by Kristen A Jenson (Author), Gail Poyner (Author), Debbie Fox (Illustrator) : receives and addresses reports of the sexual exploitation of children on the internet, such as child luring and child pornography.