While technology has caused the lives of families smoother and easier, it has some obvious disadvantages. As the age group of children enthralled by technology gets younger by day, parents should keep an observant eye to their kids when dealing with gadgets and other products of technology. American parents must know when to restrict their kids from utilizing technology. If any of these 3 unhealthy instances occur, the green light must turn red.
When Technology Interferes with Productivity
Too much time bonding with technology will eventually interfere with your children’s sleeping pattern, and soon enough, their performance in school will be affected, too. Kids sleeping in class or complaining from lack of sleep is your signal to limit your children’s exposure to watching television and playing computer games. Parents should be firm that schoolwork must be done first before any gadget or appliance is turned on. This trains your kids to prioritize school first. Also, they should not miss any healthy snooze time just because they’re trying to fight off some monster boss or they’re lurking around a social network.
When Technology Dilutes Family Times
Family quality time means a family doing an activity together, and not as separate individuals. Mother and father solving a crossword puzzle together kids playing Kinect is not a family bonding. Firmly limit your children’s interaction with technology during family days, and make them appreciate and enjoy quality time with family. Telling your kid to leave his or her tablet in the room during meals is a good start. Same rule goes for family gatherings. Train your kids to be more sociable whenever your relatives come around; and not just bury his nose in an electronic device.
When Technology Introduced Inappropriate Content
These days, kids as young as eight already have their own social media accounts. Watch out for this hype as your children may get exposed to websites that are too sexual and violent for their young age. Monitor your children’s computers and openly discuss with them their option of surfing age-appropriate sites only. Screen the movies and websites they have been visiting, and if possible block or delete the ones unsuitable to their age. Changes in their language and/or behaviors, i.e. foul words or unnecessary violence with other children, reveal a probability that they might have seeing or hearing inappropriate content. Talk to your children and tell them their doings are not acceptable at all.
Let your kids get a healthy dose of interaction with technology. As parents, it is your responsibility to screen this interaction and put a limit when needed to. Children, like adults, enjoy technology because of all the fun and entertaining perks it has to offer. However, like everything, there has to be a cut-off in kids from using technology.