In our progressively digital age, families are relying on technology more and more for everyday activities—including playtime for their children. From entire homes equipped with smart technology to smart toys, laptops, mobile devices with apps, and various video game systems, families are using technology to keep their children abreast of the latest in technological advancements. Such technology has many advantages for children. For instance, educational platforms that allow children to think, learn, and boost their creativity are all favorites of modern parents. Technology can also encourage exploration and interaction with peers—all of which are beneficial to a child’s growth and development. However, despite these many advantages, and with more access to technology than ever before, how do parents set healthy limits on their children’s exposure to such technology? Also, how can parents ensure a healthy amount of screen time when considering the ill effects that way too much technology can have on a child’s well-being?
Indeed, the negative impacts of over-exposure can include direct access to violence, cyberbullying, sexual content, or other online vices. Despite all of this, the good news is there are ways in which parents can protect their children and safely use technology within their homes. Parents can make sound decisions regarding the amounts of technology a child is exposed to and they can use their own discretion to determine what is best for their family. For instance, parents can set rules when it comes to how much is too much technology. They can set limits on screen time or otherwise establish a time limit on when devices are to be powered down. Parents can further set parental controls on devices to further protect their children. Families can even establish technology-free hours or days of the week, where no technology is used so that family members can spend more quality time together. All of these restrictions can ensure kids use technology within the home in only the safest manner possible.
Here are some additional parenting tips on how to limit a children’s access to technology:
Writing Credit: Scott Reddler is an active software developer, water sports fan, and a loving and enthusiastic father of three. He uses his knowledge of new technology to understand how social media and apps are changing the parenting landscape. He enjoys taking his children out for boat rides and exploring his lovely state of Florida.Twitter: @ScottReddler