In terms of the content of the responses, I’m consistently blown away by just how blind we are as parents and by how deeply these children need for us to take control.
Their responses are heartfelt and blunt, intuitive and heartbreaking, perceptive and astoundingly mature.
By far this is your child’s biggest complaint about your social media and device use.
We expect our children to be good stewards of their online reputation.
across socio economics, geography, and school type (public, private, religious).
By the time I’ve taken them through the risks and reality, including the data related to their own children – the parents in the auditorium feel out of their depth. They’ve just sat through my explaining the hundreds of ways this can go wrong with their child, in their home, and in their community.
The student’s responses are transcribed verbatim in each category below.
Criteria 1 focuses on children asking for increased digital engagement from their parents which also happens to be the main topic of most of the questions which I’m asked by parents.
This pool of responses has become the best single source of data which provides deep insight into what our children need us to know and do for them.
One day, instigated by a student’s comment during a presentation (something like ‘my parents are way more addicted to their phones than I am’) I asked the students to add a 3rd and optional question to the survey by just jotting down a thought about of students answer the optional “parent education” question.
After analyzing hundreds of thousands of lines of student data, I wondered how students viewed their parent’s knowledge of both digital tools and digital risks.