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Digital parent – Learn | Create | Support

The Education Foundation and the Learning Foundation are partnering on ‘Digital Parent’ – a space to share ideas and views on education technology. Over the coming months we will be developing various spaces to aid parents in understanding what’s best for their child when it comes to access and use of digital devices and the internet.

Far too much information for parents seems to be driven by sound bite information and headlines rather than considered research and advice. Lots about safety (which is as it should be) but not so much about the benefits and opportunities.  Over the next few weeks the Education Foundation and the Learning Foundation will examine topics and listen to parents to get their views about what they think is best for their child.

Screen time – Are we screening out for help and advice?

To start with we have a quick look at screen time with, again, the vast majority of information being about management of screen time in spite of the fact that many parents struggle to manage their own use.  So - let us know what you think and what you would like to see more information about.

How much time do you spend looking at screens? As an article in the Sun newspaper put it in November 2017,  if you don’t limit your own screen time, don’t expect your kids to.  https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/4996076/cutting-kids-screen-time-slash-child-obesity/

Does the advice make sense and what have you found works? And what works and doesn't for you and your family?

Have a look too at an American not for profit organisation: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/screen-time which covers a lot of ground, helpfully broken down by children’s age groups. Also have a look at: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/parenting-digital-age-managing-screen-time. The LSE Media Policy Project which is looking at Parenting in the Digital Age offers some really good insights and is covered here: https://learningfoundation.org.uk/latest-advice-screen-time/.

We want to hear your views as a parent and tell us what you'd like to hear more about.

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