As literacy researchers, we are parents with, perhaps, more knowledge about how algorithms and privacy work in a digital world, and we sit at an interesting intersection (Garcia et al., 2014). In this writing, we propose a more collaborative approach than what has typically been adopted when thinking about children and technology. Rather than framing the problem as technology doing harm to children, we suggest that we can empower children to advocate for their own rights in an age of screentime (Turner et al., 2017).
The four themes/strategies they shared are:
- Find an Approach Point
- Provide Media Mentorship
- Address Concerns Head-on
- Use Language that Empowers
In the end, the authors argue that, “conversations about privacy, security, and the nature of algorithms need to start early and be ongoing.”
My take-away from the piece is that it is able make the most of the opportunities when they may arise.