The latest updates from Parenting for a Digital Future

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  • 16/12/2015
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Since launching in March 2015, this blog has surpassed expectations, with guest contributors from around the world and posts from the Parenting for a Digital Future team giving you wrap-ups of the latest news, research and advice about parenting, children and technology.

In just eight short months we've grown to multiple thousands of readers each week, so this is our chance to say thank you for your support this year – for reading and contributing and tweeting and sharing – we are looking forward to more great posts and to sharing more from our current project, Parenting for a Digital Future, in 2016.
But before you head off for the holidays, or if you're glancing at email while roasting things or munching on leftover chocolate, here are some recent highlights to peruse.
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We've looked at media and technology in the lives of tweens and teens, from how social media changes the nature of school taunting, to the opportunities for sexual education and exploration online. We've also considered the changes in the media lives of younger ones, questioning whether Angry Birds make for angry children, or whether there is such a thing as ‘good' screen time for very young children. 
Media use has changed the lives of parents too – as a new generation of ‘digital native' parents build communities and find support online while creating opportunities to share and engage with their kids.
We have responded to recent controversies – including advertising to children on the new YouTube Kids app and the appropriation of images of other peoples' children by Baby Role Players. Guest posters from Sweden to the Sudan have demonstrated how digital media are incorporated into the ecosystem of families – challenging traditional hierarchies, but sometimes reinforcing them, too.
Many of our posts have addressed current policy debates, from demonstrating some of the flaws in a widely-cited report claiming technology has little benefit for education, to suggesting how E-safety education in the US can be improved. We have distilled down 6 things policy-makers need to know about children and the internet and looked at how learning opportunities like coding and digital making impact on learning and social engagement.
Many of the posts above offer practical tips and ideas for families as they head into the holiday season, many with new technologies to enjoy and to negotiate around. 
We hope you will read, comment, and share – and get in touch with us if you have something you'd like to write in 2016. We will be slowing down but not disappearing entirely during the holidays, so look out for new posts in the next couple of weeks and back to our normal schedule in January.

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  • 11/12/2017
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Our colleagues at Parenting for a Digital Future share their latest roundup of news on their blog.