Track content, not time spent
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.trybooking.com.