Kids are spending more time using technology today than ever before.
According to a study from a Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8- to 10-year-old spends nearly 8 hours a day doing things like watching TV, playing games on their smart phone or iPad, and talking with friends on social media. Older children and teenagers spend about 11 hours per day. During the lazy days of summer, those numbers are likely to go much higher.
AT&T has a way for parents to direct some of their kid’s technology time toward learning about, and dealing with, things like cyberbullying, privacy and online security, digital reputation and self-image. It’s called Digital Compass. It’s a new interactive gaming platform designed to help 6th through 9th graders learn critical skills to help them navigate the Web safely and productively.
Digital Compass was created in response to 200,000 educators asking for an interactive tool to teach digital literacy and citizenship to pre-teens and teens. Available free on smartphones, tablets and online, Digital Compass gives children the freedom to explore how their digital interactions may impact their real-life relationships and future opportunities, in a safe environment.