Are the parents left to their own devices in this fight against the hyper-connectivity of children?
Should children be kept away from screens? It’s a Lapalissade: screens have invaded homes … We parents are one of the first generations to have to manage the digital education of our children. At their age, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices were, for most of us, nonexistent. We saw the birth of these devices: the iPhone was released in 2007 … Television, computers and game consoles already existed, but were not really mobile and personal: it was easier to control their use daily
Today, the situation has changed. Some children, even before taking their first steps, use screens with their entourage: games, viewing photos, movies. For a bit of serenity, parents take care of their child with screens; the problem is that the screen become nomad is always at hand … Can we prohibit the screens to children? Can we forbid them to act as their parents?
What impact for digital tools?
If we look at everyday life in a family, it seems impossible. From the organization of daily life to the management of vacations, from homework to follow-up of cultural or sports activities, to exchanges with distant parents to SMS complices every day, organization and relationships go through multiple screens who populate a home.
Digital tools can certainly have a positive impact. A 6-year-old can be intellectually stimulated, learn and play peacefully with a tablet or smartphone, from time to time, in addition to other activities.
But behind the criticisms and worries expressed around the screens hides the real question, that of uses and contents. GAFA is addressing the issue, Google is encouraging users to log out via new features, but these initiatives are rare. These tools are also very difficult to identify in smartphones or simply ineffective.
New forms of inappropriate content are blooming on screens every day. YouTube videos show violent versions of cartoon characters that have self-destructive behaviors (like a video of Peppa Pig drinking bleach), and the Periscope video streaming app often exposes kids to inappropriate content. Google Play receives a huge amount of new apps every day.
So are the parents left to their own devices in this fight against the hyper-connectivity of children?
Finally, is not the solution to give the children themselves the tools that allow them to become aware of their digital uses to better master them rather than becoming slaves? Today’s parents need help managing multiple screens, understanding age-based usage and choosing appropriate content. Xooloo, for example, offers a real dashboard in the form of a coaching application of the digital life of children.
Xooloo allows children to become aware of the time spent on their electronic devices and to take responsibility. Even social networks have decided to invest in content protection for children, such as YouTube Kids, which has set up new control parameters that allow parents to select authorized channels by adapting to age. their child, limiting their ability to install applications and games without supervision. The goal is to learn how to install applications and find content in an easy and safe way, especially for young people born in the digital age.
Children must master digital and therefore spend time. Parents must accompany this learning that can not be done alone. Indeed, their relationship with the child remains paramount in the development of the latter. Specialists of the child testifying in Le Monde of September 16, 2015, warning:
“The supposedly interactive programs do not allow the exchange proper to human communication. No machine allows visual contact or language addressed to the child. Digital life is a great opportunity, but it can isolate a child and move him away from real life that allows him to be realized. However, it is the attention that is given to him that will allow the child to discover that he is someone. “I learned to say I because I was told you,” they say.