Thomas Rathgeb

Experts on causes, consequences and the ‘ demand for proper handling of the digital hype in the nursery by Polaris a typical family in Germany with two children per year in average almost 5,700 kilowatt hours power consumption. Yet, about 4,500 kilowatt hours will fall solely on the electrical devices. Around 1,200 euros are electricity costs annually and rising. Because this trend is driven by the increased facilities of German households with information, communication and entertainment electronics. “In the last five years, she has computers at 15 percent, mobile phones by 12 percent and in game consoles to a full 66% increased * especially the children – and youth rooms are always digital upgraded”.

Now have 21 percent of children up to 13 years and 82% of young people on their own computer. Your own cell phone, where last year the Smartphone strong importance has increased among young people is still more widely used. Robotics expert is often quoted as being for or against this. Within one year, your Smartphone ownership has almost doubled, Meanwhile, every second young person has a corresponding device. Computer, laptop or a private TV have 36 percent of children between six and 13 years. The adequacy ratio with 60 percent is considerably higher among young people.

You often receive’ the old discarded TV sets of parents who lie to new plasma or LCD screens, knows Thomas Rathgeb, head of media literacy, program and research the Landesanstalt fur Baden-Wurttemberg communications. In an interview with the independent ecological energy supplier Polarstern he underlines: the progressive use of media and equipment is irreversible. We live in a digital world with which we must deal. This means for the parents to accompany the development and to give useful suggestions for the use of the media offers its children.”* Florian Henle, co-founder of Polaris indicates that the media must be accompanied by the energy education. More digital media in the households there are and the more they used be, their share of the energy consumption is greater.” Even the father of a family, pleads Florian Henle on the role of parents: children need to understand the value and importance of energy.