- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
Will my children be behind their peers if they aren't already using tablets and computers?
Most likely, no. The ability to use technology competently is not a skill, such as learning letters and numbers, that builds a foundation for the rest of your child's academic career. Kids who have a solid academic base, exposure to a rich variety of experiences -- including the use of digital tools and other social and intellectual activities -- likely will pick up digital skills fast once they start using them.
Some kids might experience temporary social limitations, such as not being able to talk about and play the latest video game with friends. Also, they might not be in tune when technology is introduced in the classroom (which is happening at a fast rate).
Generally, though, the risk of being "left behind" lies with kids who have other challenges, such as being low income or at risk due to home or community situations. If these kids are not exposed to technology, there is a risk of adding a handicap and increasing the digital divide that already exists between higher- and lower-income groups.