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5 Excellent Tips to Help Parents Manage the Lives of Their Digital Kids

Parents are seriously concerned with the impact of digital media on their kids. Stats are really alarming and according a study featured almost two years ago in the New York Times article  If your Kids are Awake, They're Probably Online " The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones."

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Given this huge immersion in  digital life, concerns as to the online safety of our kids and their privacy issues come to the surface and this is where our role as parents and educators come into play. We need to teach our kids about digital citizenship and  inform them on the different ways on how  to stay safe while using the net. We need to understand that unlike us the digital immigrants, our kids are digital natives: they are born into a world that is digitally focused and what we call digital life for them is a normal life. There are, in fact a variety of techniques parents can use to manage the lives of their highly wired kids and the video below from Common Sense Media features the best five of these techniques. Have a look and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy

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