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How to Help Your Kid Adapt to Positive Technology Support?

This is the digital era and computers, tablets and smartphones have literally entered every room in homes. It is a fact that you carry one or the other digital device wherever you go. Communication and handling of personal and official work has become much easier with technology. But in the absence of positive technology support, it is a known fact that these devices can eat up on quality family time and hampering relationships. This trend especially is affecting kids’ lives to a large extent.

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Mobile phones and tablets are all over the place. You can hardly see any kid playing with a doll or any other toy, for that matter. Now, kids want cellphones and tablets and they are addicted to the digital screens more than ever. While mobile games are engaging and calls for action from the kid playing the game, addiction is something that needs to be given a serious thought. Kids in the recent times spend all their free time watching TV or playing games on smartphones. Reading and physical activities have taken a backseat,  creating health problems.

Now, in a situation like this, how do you raise your kid?

Parenting is not an easy job, especially in a tech-driven world. However there are some strategies that you can adopt to make upbringing of your child more geared towards positive technology support:

1. Do not discourage using technology

You need technology and remember, your kids will need it more than you! So do not scold or discourage your kids when they have a phone or tablet in their hands. However you need to make sure that they use it in an appropriate manner. Teach them the tools and engage with them actively when they are using digital devices. Kids follow you, so ensure you do not hook on to technology for a long time. You can check your messages and mails early morning or when the kids are asleep.

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2. Monitor between negative and positive technology support

While you must completely avoid digital screens for kids aged 2 years and under, for older kids, set time for technology usage and keep a check on the content they use. Check their text history and make sure parental controls are in place. Do not let the children use computers or cellphones alone in their rooms, you need to look over their shoulders! Keeping a check on your kids cyber footprint helps you lead your child on the right path, it puts your mind at ease too!

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The duration your child spends on technology is significant too. Sitting in front of digital screens for hours leads to sleep and eating disorders. Kids tend to eat more junk when playing a videogame or chatting with their friends. This results in obesity which is the cause of numerous health problems.

3. Adhere to age restrictions

Some social media such as Instagram and Facebook have age restrictions. children below the age of 13 are not allowed to open their accounts, even if they are mature enough to handle their accounts on these sites. Do not allow them to misrepresent their age. Make it clear to them that honesty is important and they could use the networks once they turn 13.

4. Create a ‘Device- free zone’

You cannot develop a great family bonding when you have devices in your hand. Set up device free zones in your home, dining area could be one such place. A family that eats together stays together. So make the most of dinner time, talk to your dear ones whole heartedly. Listen to your kids and their friends’ stories, discuss with them about their studies. Moreover never look at your phone when you come home from work, devote at least one hour to your family. You can check your messages later.

5. Encourage your children to use technology for a purpose

Encourage your child/children to create a video game rather than spending time on playing an already developed game. Ask your child to create a community group on Facebook that could bring in good changes than spend time just browsing. Note that technology itself is not bad, it depends on how you use it.

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6. Ensure your child stays away from negativity

Your continuous monitoring is required if your child is using technology, social media in particular. Negative comments and bullying are common on social media networks that could affect your child’s mental state badly. Tell your kid that everything on the internet is not true and there are people who enjoy abusing and bullying. It is your duty to make your kid mentally strong, and as far as possible see to it that he stays away from negativity.

7. Chat is fine, but practice verbal conversation too

The younger generation prefer chat but the older generation love verbal conversation. Technology has definitely made connecting to people easier, but is it not true that we are losing out on close relationships? Bonding can be developed only when there is a face-to-face interaction. While chat can be used to connect to people living in faraway places, you need to make sure your child talks to you verbally, it is of utmost significance that you avoid chatting on smartphones.

Education is becoming more and more online. There are projects and assignments that your children need to do even at school level, so you cannot completely isolate technology. As said earlier, you only need to ensure your kids can depend on positive technology support. Discuss with your child about internet safety, especially if your child is a teenager. Teenagers are tempted to use more of digital devices and keeping a track on all their activities is truly a cumbersome job- they send hundreds of messages everyday and spend hours on social media.

It would always be wise to track the content your child is attracted to. Children do not like spying, so let him know in advance that you will keep a check. After all, it is for his own good and safety.

Raising a kid is a tough job, but raising a child in a tech-driven world, focused on positive technology support, is much more challenging.

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