Mar 03 , 2021
Technology is everywhere now, in our homes, in our pockets, and perhaps worrying for many parents, in our children’s hands specially during pandemic. Every family is different and will have their own ideas around what’s considered ‘normal’ or acceptable use of our beloved devices.
However, there are some suggestions that can help you build some rules of your own and bring some order to the way your children use digital devices at home. Before we help our young people, it’s best to look at our own digital habits to make sure we are providing them with what they need – that is, leading by example and being balanced role models who know when to use and when not to use their devices.
However, there are some suggestions that can help you build some rules of your own and bring some order to the way your children use digital devices at home.
SPECIFY HOURS FOR DIGITAL USE
Set the ground rules for when your youngsters can use their laptop and phones, and when they need to shut them off for the night. Specify the timeline of using a digital device during the day specially during playing time.
LAY OUT CONSEQUENCES FROM THE START
Make the consequences clear for breaking the rules, such as taking away the laptop or tablet for a set period of time. But remember, the goal isn’t to punish them, but just to set clear boundaries. The consequence of using excessive digital device to be made in collaboration with your youngster so they feel a sense of ownership about the rules too. This should make it less likely for them to ‘break the law’.
KNOW WHAT THE RULES & EXPECTATION ARE AT SCHOOL
Since now all schools are online keep a watch on child what he is doing during school timing ensure he/she is not playing games ,chatting to friends etc and focusing on what teacher is saying. Make sure that you and your child know what the rules are at school. Importantly, support the school and keep your own expectations in line with theirs.
HAVE A 'DIGITAL DETOX' ONE DAY A WEEK
The only way that this idea will work is if you join them in making one day a week a digital device-free day. They will probably not like it, and neither will you, but the point of having one day off is to prove that they can live without their digital device, and involve them in different forms of communication and entertainment. Play board games, spend quality time with them , involve them in household chores , call friends at home and involve them in singing and dance activity to make this day more fun buy innovative games @ilearnngrow.
TALK ABOUT RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS, SAFETY...
You can’t let your young person loose in the digital world without having several conversations about how to stay safe online, how to show respectful behavior. Each of these topics is a separate issue on its own, but each is deeply affected by the virtual, boundary-free nature of digital technology.