Parenting in the Digital Age
We know how busy parents are! So, we are constantly creating easy-to-read, practical ebooks that are perfect for parents. All of our ebooks include:
- Highlights from current research that help make sense of the conflicting information parents may find online.
- Personal insights from parents just like you, who are working towards managing the digital lives of their children.
- Specifically curated and selected additional resources to explore when you’re ready.
- Practical tips and strategies to help you and your children.
We currently have the following books available:
Top 5 Concerns for Parents in a Digital World
Each chapter of this e-book addresses one concern and includes many tips, strategies and resources, specifically curated to help you manage those challenges. You can buy just one chapter or the whole book.
Parenting in the Digital Age: Books
Top 5 Concerns for Parents in a Digital Age
We are living in a technology-rich world. The way we connect, collaborate, communicate and share seems to be constantly changing, and becoming more and more ingrained in our lives. As parents, we can see our children using new apps on a regular basis and it can feel overwhelming to even try to keep up with it all.
The Eduro Learning team works with parents in schools all over the world, and we understand the challenges and frustrations of trying to stay one step ahead, or even just one step behind, our children. So, we’ve put together this ebook for parents, just like you, who are looking for top tips for parents, from educators (and parents), in a concise, readable, and well-resourced format. Each chapter of the ebook is available .pdf format, so you can read it on any device, anywhere, anytime. You can purchase the ebook one chapter at a time (if you’d like to get a taste of what we share first), or the whole ebook at once. Inside of each chapter you’ll find:
- Relevant articles, linked within the text, to take you to more reading and resources
- Relevant media to support the content, including images, infographics, and videos
- Opportunities to learn even more, if you’re interested!
This series covers five of the top concerns for parents in a digital age. These are the top five that we hear from parents in our face-to-face workshops, in our online community spaces, and in our Parenting in the Digital Age online course. You’ll see a brief overview of each of the top five concerns below, and if you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll receive a free chapter of the book immediately, for free! If our free chapter is useful and relevant for you (which we hope it is), you have the option to buy the other four – either individually, or as the whole book at a discounted rate. Of course, you can also register for our Parenting in a Digital Age self-paced online course, and receive all five chapters for free, immediately!
You’ll notice a common theme throughout the book, as well as the Parenting in the Digital Age online, self-paced courses. At Eduro Learning, we believe that conversations with your children are the key to staying up-to-date with their online experiences. All chapters in this book feature specific strategies and suggestions for how to start those critical conversations. From research, to classroom practice, to tips for you at home, this ebook is a great starting point for parents interested in learning more about Parenting in the Digital Age.
So, what are the top five concerns from parents around the world? Here they are:
Chapter 1: Staying safe online! Who are they talking to?
We know that one of the reasons our children like to spend so much time online is because they’re chatting with friends. But what about times when they’re talking to strangers? Whether in a gaming space, or on social media, what are the real concerns for parents about their children staying safe online?
This chapter will highlight the data about child safety in online spaces, as well as sharing specific warning signs to watch for if you’re concerned about your child. We’ll also help you guide your children towards understanding what kind of data should never be shared online, and how they can stay safe by making good choices. As in all chapters, we include some strategies to start an open conversation with your children about online safety.
Chapter 2: How much screen time is too much screen time?
Many parents are in a constant battle with their children about the amount of time they spend on screens. It can be a never-ending argument that seems to get worse as your children get older. As usual, there is conflicting research on how much is too much, and sometimes we can get overwhelmed with a black and white “on vs off” conversation that we forget that it’s about building good habits, self-control and independent responsibility with our children.
In this chapter, we’ll share the results of research on screen time, so you can get a better picture of what the real concerns are. We’ll also highlight the warning signs to watch for if you’re worried that your child is addicted to their device, and of course, share strategies for starting thoughtful conversations with your children so they can start building good habits today!
Chapter 3: Overexposed! What should parents know about explicit images online?
One of the most challenging aspects of the constant access and availability of information is that our children can find and explore images and media that is well beyond their developmental readiness level, particularly explicit imagery. It is totally understandable to be concerned about what your children might see online, and how it might affect them, especially at an early age.
Although most schools make every effort to filter out this type of material from the school network, this may not be the case at home, or at a friend’s house, or the local coffee shop, or through 4G access. Plus, a filter doesn’t always catch everything. This chapter will highlight some of the research and data about what is actually available online, the signs to watch for if you’re concerned about your child, plus a number of strategies that you can use to help your children build safe and responsible habits for their time online.
Chapter 4: Is my child really learning while playing games online?
Children are spending more and more time on their devices – particularly playing games like Pokemon Go, World of Warcraft, Fifa or Minecraft. In addition, many schools are taking advantage of this student-driven interest in games and bringing gaming into the classroom. This leaves many parents wondering, how much of that time spent gaming is actually learning? And what kind of learning is happening in those spaces?
This chapter highlights the key research about game based learning and features proven educational examples with games in the classroom from teachers in schools around the world. We’ll share some top tips for ensuring that gaming is not just fun for your children, but also a great opportunity for learning.
Chapter 5: What aren’t they learning at school? What happened to handwriting and spelling?
With all these new technology options for learning, what happens to traditional skills like handwriting and spelling? As parents it can be hard to understand why school is changing so much from when we were children. If it worked for us, it should work for our children, right? Maybe not.
This chapter will highlight some of the current research about critical skills for today’s workforce, as well as skills needed for the future, along with the educational value of those skills so that you can put into context why and how education is changing. In order to take full advantage of all of those resources, we’ll also share some successful strategies for getting a better understanding of what your child is actually learning at school, through purposeful and guided conversations with your children.