Track con­tent, not time spent

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Denise S. Cahill

MON­I­TOR­ING what chil­dren are do­ing on­line is more im­por­tant than lim­it­ing the time they spend on de­vices, ac­cord­ing to for­mer WA Aus­tralian of the Year Donna Cross.

The UWA pro­fes­sor who does her re­search at the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute will advise par­ents at next week’s Friends of Ngala fundraiser to fo­cus on qual­ity over quan­tity.

Prof Cross said block­ing or ban­ning chil­dren from de­vices shut down learn­ing.

“I want to help par­ents get in­ter­ac­tive with their chil­dren… show in­ter­est and nar­rate their learn­ing,” Prof Cross said.

“They need to be aware of the five C’s when chil­dren are us­ing tech­nol­ogy; con­text, con­tacts, con­fi­den­tial­ity, con­duct and con­tent.”

Prof Cross said par­ents also needed to lead by ex­am­ple and be aware of how they were us­ing tech­nol­ogy around their chil­dren.

The Friends of Ngala Lunch to raise money for the not-for-profit that pro­vides parenting, fam­ily, chil­dren and youth sup­port is on Fri­day, Au­gust 31, at the Royal Fresh­wa­ter Bay Yacht Club.

Tick­ets are avail­able at www.try­book­

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