Education in the Digital Age

Healthy and Happy Children

The COVID-19 pandemic was a forceful reminder that education plays an important role in delivering not just academic learning, but also in supporting physical and emotional well-being. Balancing traditional “book learning” with broader social and personal development means new roles for schools and education more generally. This volume is part of a series that examines the intersections between education, well-being and digital technologies. Complementing the first volume Educating 21st Century Children: Emotional Well-Being in the Digital Age, this volume turns the spotlight on physical health and well-being. It explores the important role of play and risk-taking in learning. It examines the “pursuit of perfection” and the impact on children’s lives, whether it be physical, cognitive or academic. It highlights important efforts countries have made to tackle inequality and protect and empower students in both physical and digital environments. It ends with a look at the pending agenda, underscoring the role of partnerships, policy and protection.

Published on October 15, 2020

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Executive Summary
Setting the stage: Who are 21stcentury children and how are they shaped by the digital age?3 chapters available
Healthy and happy children in the digital age
Physical health trends in childhood
Children and digital technologies: Trends and outcomes
Play!3 chapters available
Outdoor risky play
Digital media and cognitive development
Play and learning in the digital age
The pursuit of perfection3 chapters available
Media and body image in children and adolescents
Cognitive enhancement in children by using prescription drugs
The myth of the digital native: Why it persists and the harm it inflicts
Policies, practices, partnerships and the pending agenda4 chapters available
Child empowerment, well-being and inequality
Education and child safety
Building capacity: Teacher education and partnerships
The pending agenda
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