As a new school year starts, I find my thoughts regularly drifting to my unknown young “relatives” growing up in the village and other children growing up in different parts of the world who have no clue as to the … Continue reading Musings Of A Digizen…Literacy
Living in a screen dominated world, it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to get children to read for pleasure or even do their school work. “Children who read for pleasure have increased concentration, memory, confidence, greater self-esteem and general knowledge. Reading builds empathy, improves imagination and language development. These are important and relevant benefits, whether we live in a digital or analogue world.” http://www.theguardian.com To be honest, even for us as adults, if we are not intentional about reading, it can be a struggle getting unplugged from screens whether it’s our phones, laptops or television. Yeah! yeah!! … Continue reading Reading In A Screen Dominated World
If Jamoneisha Merrit (11) knew what tragedy will befall her on the Sunday she was invited to a sleepover party at a New York apartment, she would have snuggled close to her mum and slept peacefully in her own bed. Apparently, her host had other plans for her, and they definitely were not good plans judging by the turn of events. Unknown to Jamoneisha, her 12 years old friend had heard of the #hotwaterchallenge and decided that the sleepover would be a perfect opportunity to participate in the challenge. As I write this, the victim is in a hospital bed with … Continue reading The “Hot Water Challenge”
I woke up this morning thinking about nudity and pornography. Don’t worry I’m no pervert. This train of thoughts was triggered by a trend I’ve observed that’s gaining grounds at an alarming rate. The problem is that it’s getting so common that it’s almost seeming normal. So let me back up a bit. About 3 weeks ago, someone sent me a video of 2 children (they couldn’t have been more than 5 years old), having sex somewhere in the bushes. Her reason for sending this clip to me was “I know this is the work you do, so please address … Continue reading Could You Be Peddling Nudity & Porn?
A lot of the time we reckon it would only take a few seconds to respond to that text…change the music playing while driving… but unfortunately, a few seconds of distraction can make the difference between life & death. Continue reading Only A Few Seconds…
Yippee! The summer holidays are here…respite from early morning school runs & tons of homework. Holidays are a time to let our hair down, relax and have some fun. You probably have a couple of activities lined up for your children…family vacation, summer school or perhaps you’ve decided that they’ve worked so hard during the school term so you’re just going to suspend most rules. I don’t mean to be a killjoy and I do agree that there is a place for relaxing the rules a bit but it’s important that we still ensure that necessary safety nets are in … Continue reading Parental Control