Two interesting stories today about kids and technology, a subject near and dear to my heart as a parent of a tween. First, the AP reports on how the Japanese government is concerned about the amount of time young kids are spending on internet enabled mobile phones
. According to the government, about one third of Japanese 6th graders have cell phones and 60% of 9th graders have them. And earlier today, Eight Forty-Eight
had a segment from Curie Youth Radio
about how texting has replaced note passing in classrooms
My wife and I often debate whether we should get our daughter a phone. We love the idea of her always being able to get in touch with us. But we also see cell phones as devious authority-subverting tools that can only lead to scheming and trouble (master-minded by other kids - not our
daughter, of course). Is it a good idea, especially for safety in the city, for a kid to have a phone? And what age is too young?
Here's the Curie piece:
Curie Youth Radio: Texting In Schools