Do changes to the modern world mean changes to the way we parent? There is no doubt parenting has always been the most challenging of all our endeavours and will more than likely continue along that path. Have recent changes in technology however, and in particular the development of the internet and the world of social networking, made these endeavours easier or harder to parent?
As I watch my ‘not yet 2 year old’ effortlessly flick through the screens of the ipad to find his favourite Thomas the Tank app, I am left swallowing the pangs of guilt as I heave myself away from my iphone to read a story with him. In the background the television is blaring out a report of a young girl being assaulted by another young teenage girl after repeatedly being bullied via Facebook.
The technology our children and ourselves are becoming immersed in is not a passing fad. The platforms may change and it will continue to develop, but the essential workings of the internet and social networking are here to stay. [Read more...]