A Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age
Remember what life was like when you were growing up? You would play outside with your friends until it started getting dark outside, you ate dinner as a family. Boy, times certainly have changed haven’t they? Nowadays, parents deal with things like cell phones, computers, television and video games. The good news is that there are ways that you can set boundaries, keep your kids safe and raise them in this digital age. Here is a guide to raising kids in the digital age.
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According to the website Campfire.org, the statistics are somewhat alarming when it comes to kids and today’s technology. There are 81% of teenagers today that use some kind of social media account like Facebook and Twitter. It is estimated that 4 out of every 5 kids have their cell phones next to them while they are sleeping. Also, it is said that cell phone users check their cell phones an average of 150 times a day.
However, even with those statistics, technology doesn’t have to be a negative thing. Parents just really need to know how to approach their kids in today’s digital world. As parents, we all need to teach our kids healthy concepts when it comes to digital use. So, how do we do that, you ask? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Learn About the World of Technology
First and foremost, you need to be knowledgeable in the world of technology before you can even attempt to set any kind of boundaries for them. Today, it is true that the majority of parents have a general knowledge of how cell phones and computer work. However, with that said, the majority of parents do not have the tech knowledge that their kids have.
Set Tech-Free Zones
A good way to set boundaries with your kids when it comes to technology is to create tech-free zones. For example, don’t allow any type of technology at the dinner table. If you are having a social gathering at your home, for say a holiday, tell the kids all electronic devices need to stay in their rooms during the gathering. Don’t allow cell phones or other devices when it is bedtime, since they may be tempted to use technology long after they should be asleep.
It is important to keep in mind that no matter what, kids will be kids and they will likely make mistakes. When these mistakes are made, use the opportunity to teach them. There are some instances that do need immediate attention, including bullying.
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