Digital Childhood Report
A groundbreaking new report has made some key recommendations for the education of children in the digital age.
The Digital Childhood report, led by Dr Angharad Rudkin, Child Clinical Psychologist at University of Southampton, and convened by Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Founder of 5Rights, considers how growing up in a digital world directly impacts on a child’s development.
The report made several key recommendations such as; all technology used by 3-5 year olds should be adult guided, while in the 6-9 year age bracket children should be taught the social norms of contact with other people especially those they don’t know.
It also stated that 10-12 year olds receiving a smartphone for the first time should be taught how to use age appropriate settings and safety features and it should be accepted that 13 -15 year olds is a time of growing autonomy but education and communication is critical to ensure safety and a positive experience.
Dr Rudkin said: “Children and young people need to be supported on their journey through the digital world and should have access to the same privileges, information and rights that they enjoy in the analogue world.
“We all need to take more responsibility - government, parents and clinicians – to ensure children and young people are more informed and supported through their digital activity and we hope this report helps to improve things.”