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Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords

BBC – Judith Burns

“Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report. Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues. The internet is “hugely beneficial” but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee chairman Lord Best. Industry leaders said education was key to keeping children safe online. The Lords report builds on findings by the Children’s Commissioner for England in January that the internet is not designed for children, despite them being the biggest users by age group. “Children inhabit a world in which every aspect of their lives is mediated through technology: from health to education, from socialising to entertainment. “Yet the recognition that children have different needs to those of adults has not yet been fully accepted in the online world,” say the Lords.”(more)

Secret Teacher: Social media is hurting pupils – we need more support

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“In my experience, children can have great difficulty navigating these platforms and, as any teacher will tell you, students don’t always have the resilience to cope with exposure to negative comments. The issue is even worse for primary school pupils, and in this lies a specific problem. The vast majority of social media platforms set their age limit at 13; you can check it in their terms and conditions, if you can find them. But from what I can tell they make absolutely no effort to police this restriction. I’ve worked at a variety of schools and bullying has existed, in one form or another, at all of them. However, the worst incidents that I’ve had to deal with all happened when the children concerned were sitting in their own homes.”(more)

Is Social Media Detrimental For Child’s Health?

Counsel and Heal – Joie M Gahum

“In a generation where the internet has become a vital part of everyday life, it is important to know the effects of Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms to our mental health. Recent studies reveal that social media is detrimental to a child’s mental health. The Guardian recalls an incident back in April 2016 where a young teen, Felix Alexander, took his own life after experiencing relentless bullying in school and in social media. The teen’s mom revealed that his son’s bully initially was unkind and isolated him. Later, social media made Felix’s bullies became more cruel and overwhelming.”(more)

Teach your kids to use media in healthy ways

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Some pediatric health experts may have loosened the reins a bit on “screen time” for the youngest of children, but that doesn’t mean parents should rely on electronic devices as babysitters, one pediatrician says. “Most of us use media every day. It’s how we interact with the world and it’s how we learn new ideas,” said Dr. Sara Lee, who’s with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. “Children will need to know how to use these forms in healthy, effective ways,” Lee said in a hospital news release. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “give parents a lot more guidance on how to use media with their kids at home,” she added. In the new screen-time guidelines for children, the AAP admitted there are notable benefits associated with educational shows or apps, and connecting with friends and loved ones online, Lee said.”(more)

Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“Too much Facebook browsing at Christmas – and seeing all those “perfect” families and holiday photos – is more likely to make you miserable than festive, research suggests. A University of Copenhagen study suggests excessive use of social media can create feelings of envy. It particularly warns about the negative impact of “lurking” on social media without connecting with anyone.”(more)