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Tips for parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting is tough already, there is no pay which is very horrible, and you basically get only one shot at doing it the right way. And that one shot was before some genius invented the smartphone. That little go-everywhere, always-connected device has made raising kids even more challenging than before.  While parenting is not for the weak hearted, consider what it must be like to be a teenager in today's world. Your young brain is all wired and ready to test its limits, connect with peers of today's generation, and make poor decisions without caring for long-term consequences—and you’ve got that very same smartphone in your possession. It almost seems unfair. Any kid who can survive modern adolescence without suffering a digital mishap should win an Olympic medal

 Parenting tips in digital age

Reduce social media usage for as long as possible.

Social media poses a dilemma. Social media is now where teens look for a life, But instead it’s what is costing them their lives. We must help the kids and teenagers see this paradox and help them realize that the world that they are living is not real. Social media, which is unwisely abused, will later cost them something precious.

Delay smartphones as long as possible.

Once you introduce a child to a smartphone, with features of texting and apps like Instagram and Snapchat, parental controls for using these apps are virtually futile. Here is one example of how this turns out. Children are exposed to sexualized or intimate conversations with strangers and nude selfies and parents may never know about it at all. Obviously, we must warn our kids of this phenomenon before anything happens to them. But there are virtually no ways for a parent to prevent a nude selfie from arriving on your child’s smartphone through a text or by the usage of apps like Snapchat, even if your child has never asked for them. These are potent and vulnerable devices. Try and resist to give your kid a smartphone. And don’t leave any of the old phones around where your kids find them.

Inside the home, take control of the wifi.

In your home to keep the kids away from their phones always keep the wifi off until needed. Many service providers and routers allow you to pause the Wifi service in a home. There is an impressive device called “The circle,” which sits beside the router at home, and gives the parents the power to cut off the wifi entirely, or to a specific device, helping the parents to filter the content that their children look at, ratings, setting time limits, and bedtimes. Instead of putting up parental controls for each device, you can control the flow of data to every device.When your kid in your home wants to use anything like the computer or ipads, they make a request and will have to explain why they need it.

Stairstep technology over the years.

The most common mistake that parents of today’s generation make is assuming that the smartphone is an isolated gadget or technology. Although It’s not. The smartphone is the most advanced of all the communications technology a child is being introduced to from birth. For a child or teenager to be given a smartphone is a sort of graduation or leveling up from several steps of technology mapped out beforehand. Once the parents have a control over the home wifi — that’s very important — then parents can begin to introduce technology that their kids can only use inside the home.

As a rule, for all ages and all devices: Keep screens out of bedrooms.

Or,keep them at the very least out for bedtime hours, like from between night 8 to morning 8. Make a set and firm rule here. No TVs, or gaming devices, tab, laptops, or phones. Put a brake on the endless social media demands. Break the gaming addictions. Help them have proper sleep patterns. Make sure all devices are kept and charged overnight in one place, but not kept in  child’s room. A single charging station in the parents room is a good solution.

Have a smartphone contract.

When you provide your child with the smartphone, always have a contract of expected behaviors, curfews, and the family’s expectations that come along with the smartphone. Have your child share their phone and social media login info. And try and get familiar with the steps necessary to be taken to temporarily pause the use or deactivate the phone. Most network carriers make this easy. For parents who have made the mistake of introducing their child to a smartphone too soon, as well, it’s not too late to have in place a smartphone contract with their child.

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Posted in Parenting on October 14 2019 at 10:49 AM

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