It would be interesting to hear any ideas you have in relation to digital skills for children.
That’s a tough one when we realise the pace of the changes we’re facing nowadays.
One of my favourite authors: Yuval Noah Harari in his book ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’ devoted one chapter to it and you can read it on Medium: https://medium.com/s/youthnow/yuval-noah-harari-21-lessons-21st-century-what-kids-need-to-learn-now-to-succeed-in-2050-1b72a3fb4bcf
I think it’s very important read for every parent.
Some of my favourite parts from it:
‘To keep up with the world of 2050, you will need to do more than merely invent new ideas and products, but above all, reinvent yourself again and again.
At present, too many schools focus on cramming information into kids’ brains. In the past, this made sense, because information was scarce and even the slow trickle of existing information was repeatedly blocked by censorship. If you lived, say, in a small provincial town in Mexico in 1800, it was difficult for you to know much about the wider world. There was no radio, television, daily newspaper, or public library. Even if you were literate and had access to a private library, there was not much to read other than novels and religious tracts. The Spanish empire heavily censored all texts printed locally and allowed only a dribble of vetted publications to be imported from the outside. Much the same was true if you lived in some provincial town in Russia, India, Turkey, or China. When modern schools came along, teaching every child to read and write and imparting the basic facts of geography, history, and biology, they represented an immense improvement.
In such a world, the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have far too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and, above all, to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world.’
Great article, thanks for sharing! Yuval is incredibly inspiring for us as well.
We asked similar questions on our journal recently.
In the article we talked about 4 skills: Independence, Scepticism, Empathy and Dexterity.
We would love to know what you think about them!
I like the digital parenting section of the blog but I think it should be updated with more activities. I need ideas!