Who Cares for the Kids in the Digital Age?

Google, Facebook, SnapChat, Musical.ly don’t give a hoot about kids , but quite a few voices are speaking up for them

Its now well documented, some 20 years after Google was born: Silicon Valley’s big consumer tech firms, Google, Facebook (now including Instagram), Snap and Amazon, further to the North, despite the kool-aid they serve masses, have not integrated protection of children’s minds and health in their business model.

Image for post
Image for post
The Internet is still a World Wild West in 2018

Educating about Digital’s Threats to Health : Common Sense Media, Media Smarts, Screenagers, CyberWise, Parents Know More and hundreds more

Common Sense Media (US): The 15 year-old San Francisco-based non profit reviews all media ( TV, films, series, apps, social media and video games) to help parents sort through the good, and the violent, sexual and bad.

Image for post
Image for post
Consumer tech like video games and social media has addiction built-in by design, says the Center for Humane Technology

Our society is being hijacked by technology.

What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships, and our children. “ — Center for Humane Technology

Media Smarts ( Canada) : This is the Canadian “ equivalent” of Common Sense Media, seeking to advance digital and media literacy in Canadian schools, homes and communities. As fits a Canadian entity, it is more toned down in its communication and based on the European idea of media litteracy. ;) It focuses on research and material for teachers and parents, with none of the rating of digital content Common Sense Media performs.

Image for post
Image for post
As an innovative approach to educating youth, Media Smarts has released the Data Defenders online game.
Image for post
Image for post
Screenagers documentary looks at digital addiction
Image for post
Image for post
Digital Citizenship involves: digital etiquette, communication, law, rights and responsibilities, commerce, access, health and security.

From Digital Marketing to Digital Well Being. Tech for Good. / Pro du marketing digital passée à la Tech4Good. TechforGoodCanada.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store