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Published October 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

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Do you know the difference between Minecraft and Clash of Clans? Kik and Yik Yak? If not, ask your kids. When it comes to digital media, they're often schooling their parents on the latest trends. How can parents get up to speed and teach their kids to navigate the vast and rapidly changing online world? We asked Champlain College professor Elaine Young, author of Tuned-In Family: How to Cope, Communicate & Connect in a Digital World, to recommend some resources that can help.

"I love this organization because they provide so much information for parents and families. Not only are there ratings and reviews for movies and video games, they have a fabulous digital media section that provides information for parents and educators. There are videos, articles and even how-to guides on getting your school to implement digital literacy education. It is my go-to website when I have questions or want to know what others are thinking about digital technologies and children."

Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck

"This book has a great structure. It starts with setting the context of the world we live in today — and highlighting that our children are actually a 'digitally nurtured' generation — and emphasizes the importance of learning responsibility. These are all great messages for a book that explores how to keep your children safe in an ever-evolving digital world."

TEDx Talk: "Being a kid in the digital age isn't easy. But they have ideas to make it better."

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"I'm especially impressed by Devorah Heitner's research, which shows that our children not only want our guidance but need it when it comes to digital communication. The pressures they feel as connected beings are things that we didn't feel as children ourselves, but we feel as adults. Turns out parents are anxious, and so are our children! Watch this video — with your kids — for great insight. In particular, notice how this expert learns from children, and how adults can help guide our children through these digital waters."

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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