That the PTA and Facebook are collaborating for kids’ Internet safety is welcome news! It is about time!
After over a decade of chaos, industry and major child advocacy organizations must look at the broader picture together: How our kids are consuming media and how can their development and family lives benefit (see www.mydigitalfamily.org)?
Both the Kaiser and Pew Foundation and other reports recently showed just how out of control the consumption of junk media is becoming and how family life is actually declining. Rather than piecemeal solutions or merely restricting access, parents must immediately commit themselves and thoughtfully organize the media lives of kids on a daily basis, just as they do nutrition and education. Parents must harvest the good in the digital world for kids in daily menus. Parents must review their own use of technology to be fully present and refrain from texting while parenting.