Looking around at local supermarkets and other community areas it seems that children are being handed over our electronic devices as soon as they are able to hold things in their hands all by themselves. This past week we heard stories of 4 year old kids reeking havoc with their parent’s iPads by racking up charges on games that were free downloads to start with. There is no doubt our children are growing up as the Mobile Generation. The FCC has gathered an amazing group of experts to discuss the ramifications of some of these new challenges facing parents today. From the FCC website:
You can find them in the most innocent settings. The dinner table, the classroom, during evening homework hour or an otherwise quiet family walk. Clicking, clacking, beeping, buzzing and whirring. This maneuvering marauder? Mobile phones equipped with text messaging. These devices are exploding in use among the current generation and teens seem programmed to use them constantly.
To many parents the mobile culture is unfamiliar. We’re hosting a Generation Mobile forum next Tuesday bringing together teens, parents, educators and experts. During this event we’ll do our best to help parents navigate these challenging issues.
We’ll discuss cyberbullying, sexting, over use, privacy, and texting-while-driving. The Pew Internet and American Life project will present their findings from a landmark study, “Kids and Mobile Phones.”
The event will take place on Tuesday December 14th from 10am to 1pm ET. If you’re able to join us – free of charge – please RVSP to generationmobile [at] fcc [dot] gov. Since most of you are outside of the DC area we’ll be live streaming this exciting event online at fcc.gov/live. Participate through Twitter using #genmobile.
Speakers and Panelists Include:
- Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman
- Jane Lynch, Emmy Winning Actress and Spokesperson for the LG Text Ed Council
- Rosalind Wiseman, Author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, basis for Mean Girls the movie
- Tim Sparapani, Director of Public Policy, Facebook
- Parry Aftab, Kids Technology Expert and Creator of Stopcyberbullying.org
- Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Research Center
- Marsali Hancock, President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
- Michael Clark, Co-Founder, SafetyWeb
- Dr. Michael Levine, Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
- Maureen Cooney, Privacy Officer, Sprint
- Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
- K. Dane Snowden, Vice President, CTIA
- Alan Simpson, Vice President, Common Sense Media
- Lanita Preston, Author and mother of Frank Preston
- Stacey A. Kopnitsky, Assistant Principal, Cabin John Middle School
- Dwan Jordan, Principal, Sousa Middle School, Washington, DC
- And we’ll hear from a panel of teens about how they use mobile technology
If you have any questions for Wired Moms expert Parry Aftab send her your questions via twitter at @parryaftab