New research undertaken by the company Startrite into internet usage by tweens was released this week. Their aim was to speak to the kids directly, without the influence of their parents, to find out how kids use the internet.
The survey of 698 children was conducted in primary schools in England, with 17 schools selected to give a good geographical spread. Almost all of the children surveyed own some kind of digital device, and 45% of them said that their parents don’t set rules on how long they can use it. 20% of the children aged 7 – 8 years old use their devices more than 4 hours a day, and almost half admit to using their device in secret.
Let’s be honest, finding appropriate video-games is a minefield even for those who are well informed. Some might say it’s as simple as reading the box but there is more to it than that.
Andy is a journalist specialising in video-games and families. He talks to a lot of parents struggling to catch up with their children’s gaming hobby and there are some simple steps to take to ensure the whole family has a positive experience.
Whenever there is a news report about teaching kids about consent, we hear the same responses. The Daily Mail shouts about primary school kids being taught about rape and abuse. Someone will complain that #notallmen are rapists, and how dare we suggest otherwise. A male student will object to being invited to a consent workshop. The weird thing is, that teaching kids about consent isn’t actually about sex, and it isn’t at all radical. It isn’t even part of an anti-man conspiracy.
Serious illness can be a tricky thing to explain to children at the best of times. While it’s relatively easy for them to understand physical pain or injury, how do you explain mental illness to children?