As your child grows, they will be developing their understanding of the world around them. As you know, this is no easy task. But what about the digital world? How can you help your child develop a healthy relationship with technology in an increasingly online-driven society? Below are four tips for raising your child’s digital awareness to learn to use technology appropriately and responsibly at every stage of development.
1 Set Limits and Encourage Time Outdoor
Your child must understand the value of time spent outside. This will allow them to develop a healthy relationship with technology and ensure they are not spending too much time online, leading to sleep deprivation, depression, obesity and poor grades in school. As your child grows into adolescence, it becomes increasingly difficult to monitor their digital life effectively without infringing on some degree of privacy. However, you can still set clear limits for their online activity. For example, make it a rule that devices are turned off at bedtime every day.
2 Teach them The Benefits of Technology and Media
While it is essential to set limits for your child’s digital life, you should also teach them the benefits of technology and media. Though some parents may be concerned about screen time or game addiction in children, most experts agree that occasional use does not pose a significant risk (Advocates For Children).
What matters more is how they are using their devices. Your child must know why certain online activities are inappropriate and unsafe to learn to make good decisions when using social networks like Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat. They can also benefit primarily from learning online, which is the current wave in the Age of Learning. This will ensure they utilise technology for all the right reasons from the start.
3 Teach Them the Importance of Face-to-Face Communication
Many experts agree that face-to-face communication is still essential to healthy social development, which means it is vital for your child to have the freedom to talk in person with their peers. However, if they are constantly glued to a screen or device instead of engaging in real-world activities, this can cause issues further down the line. Technology has evolved so rapidly over recent years and become such an integral part of everyday life that many people fail to remember how much we rely on these devices for our day-to-day interactions.
4 Create Tech-Free Zones
One of the biggest challenges that parents face is how to manage their child’s digital life without infringing on too much privacy. Creating tech-free zones in your home could be one way forward, particularly if you do not want them spending time online during school nights or before bed. For instance, make it a rule that devices are turned off at dinner every day, and after this point, they can spend some limited time online (if they need to).
In conclusion, the digital world is not going anywhere, and parents need to raise their child’s awareness of technology’s positive and negative aspects. By setting limits, encouraging time outside and teaching your children how to use media responsibly, you will be helping them develop a healthy relationship with technology in an increasingly online-driven society.