A report from the Erikson Institute says the average child is exposed to technology at age 6. Another report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the child will spend at least 8 hours every day on technology. Where does this leave the modern-day parent? How can they regulate the influx of technology in the society and in particular their children?
1. Introduce them to New Activities
Apart from staying indoors playing games or spending time on screens, you can introduce your kids to new activities. The best way to do this is by first learning what they are good at or what they love doing.
For example, if the kid loves singing, you may consider enrolling them in music classes. The same goes for other action-based activities. This way, they can socialize with others in the same age group instead of staying locked up in the house.
In addition, staying seated for long periods can be detrimental to their health. Children now suffer from obesity and related diseases due to lack of physical activities.
2. Limit Gadget Use
Not denying them altogether. Instead, limit the usage in terms of time. Research recommends limiting the time your children spend on screens for two hours. In addition, the same research also recommends setting a strict schedule around the time and day when the children are allowed to access technology.
In addition to a technology access schedule, also implement a sleep schedule. According to research, sleep deprivation is the main side effects of technology. The bright lights and radiation emitted suppresses melatonin production, which is the hormone responsible for sleep.
Therefore, it’s important that the kids get enough sleep. At least 9 hours of sleep.
3. Monitor their Activities
Information is now available at the touch of a button thanks to technology. However, there’s a need for restrictions on various information which may be harmful to kids. This is why you must have effective monitoring tools to block violent and adult content from reaching your children.
Technology is not only the internet but also a form of communication. Kids use text messaging a lot compared to calls. It’s also important to monitor these threads to ensure they’re safe. For example, you can use an app to read text messages on another phone.
4. Explain to them Why Technology Can be Harmful
Communication is important in any relationship, especially parent-child relationships. Many kids find solace in gadgets since no one talks to them. Parents these days are so busy at work that they forget to have a chat with their kids.
You’ll be surprised to know just how much this can change a child. As you sit down with them, explain to them the dangers of excessive technology use. However, you don’t want to exaggerate the information. Just tell them the truth.
Raising a child in this era is a challenge but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Technology doesn’t have to be a home breaker. Instead, make sure you regulate the usage so the children can reap maximum benefits.