Greg Childs, Director of the Children’s Media Foundation www.thechildrensmediafoundation.org has some helpful strategies to navigate the kids and media minefield.
My son’s in his twenties now. He was brought up with the internet, started to learn to read by playing video games, and is one of the generation for whom watching TV has nothing to do with the plans of broadcast schedulers, and very little to do with a TV set. Like all young people he leads a connected life – and has done so since around the age of nine. But I recall the difficulties of allowing him to go online for the first time. Even though I was producing the first BBC websites for children, I found myself in the odd situation of deciding to not have an internet connection at home until he was old enough to discuss what he might encounter there. This was of course in the days before content filters and parental controls.