Screenwise – Helping Kids Online

A recommendation from Donna Ellery, Acting Principal – 9 August 2021


Reading recommendation of the week: Screenwise – Helping kids thrive (and survive) in a digital world; by Devorah Heitner PhD

Continuing on the theme of Media Literacy, this week I thought that I would share a book that follows on from the article I shared last week regarding Media Police vs Media Mentors

This book offers a great perspective on how to thoughtfully guide children in a media rich age. Some parents feel that their children are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children – if parents help them. Screenwise is a guide to understanding more about what it is like for children to grow up with technology, and to recognising the special challenges-and advantages-that children face.

Devorah Heitner author of “Screenwise” suggests, “Take an interest in what your kids do in their digital lives. Learn together with your kids. Play Minecraft with them or share photos on Instagram with them. Show them what you are doing online and ask them for advice about your Facebook posts or LinkedIn Profile. Your goal is not to become an expert in technology but to get a window into how your kids think about, and interact with, technology.

This book is a good opportunity for looking at our roles as parents and educators in ensuring we develop strong digital and media literate children.

Donna Ellery – Acting Principal