5 things parents need to know about digital technology and their kids
What do you know about social media? Viber, whatsapp, Facebook, Snap Chat, Musica.ly? Some of them surely ring a bell. Like Facebook. Come on!
Well, you may not know a lot, but your children know about these services and they know how to use them.
In a not so distant past, the idea of having children use mobile phones and other devices was unheard off.
Today, however a five year old child knows how to operate different devices probably even better than his mom.
Technology is quite beneficial to your children as it will give them the exposure that they need. However, as fascinating as it is to know how to use the technology, this comes with its own set of challenges. It can simply be way to much. It is important for you to know how to monitor their activities.
- Social media
You know, you can’t keep your children from these services. At one point, they will have social media accounts and they will use them. You can and should, however, be able to monitor and control their use.
If your children have these social media, you need to control their security. There is the built in privacy system that you can take advantage of. You can make your child’s account private and only visible to friends only. This is the only way that you can keep off the perverts.
This may not work if you let your children open the accounts themselves, because they can change the setting anytime. Or simply get confused. You know, as your children grow, the peer pressure will get to them and they will want to have many friends/followers on their accounts. You need to talk to them and guide them in choosing the right people to share the information with.
- Technology is addictive
As a parent, you need to know and understand that technology can be addictive. Once your child is addicted, it will be hard to have them focus on their studies. That is why you need to ensure that you control their activities. It is important for you to limit their technology time.
- Technology can be controlled
Technology is great no doubt, but you need to control the environment on how your children use their technology time. You need to give them the set time aside for your children to play and also study.
- There are apps
There are different types of apps that you can use to be able to monitor your children’s activities. You also need to research on the different apps that are kid friendly apps and games. There are also different programs that will help you make the best choices for your children.
- You can control your children
There are different ways that you can use to help your children manage their time;
- Set boundaries
- Be a role model; if you want your children to know how to manage their use of the different devices, you need to set the example. It all starts with you.
- Be informed; the different apps and social media platforms that children use
- You need to show interest
But there is an upside in this techno expansion!
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