Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age
Make your own family media use plan. Media should work for you and inside your family esteems and parenting style. At the point when utilized mindfully and properly, media can upgrade day by day life. Yet, when utilized improperly or without figured, media can dislodge numerous essential exercises, for example, eye to eye interaction, family-time, open air play, work out, unplugged downtime and rest. Make your arrangement at HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan.
Treat media as you would any other environment in your child’s life. The same parenting guidelines apply in both genuine and virtual environments. Set limits; kids require and expect them. Know your children’s friends, both online and off. Recognize what platforms, software, and apps your children are using, what sites they are visiting on the web, and what they are doing online.
Set limits and encourage playtime. Media use, like all other activities, should have reasonable limits. Unstructured and offline play stimulates creativity. Make unplugged playtime a daily priority, especially for very young children.
Screen time shouldn’t always be distant from everyone else time. Co-see, co-play, and co-draw in with your children when they are using screens— it encourages social interactions, bonding, and learning. Play a computer game with your kids. It’s a decent method to demonstrate great sportsmanship and gaming behavior. Watch a show with them; you will have the chance to introduce and share your very own life experiences and perspectives—and direction. Don’t just screen them online—interact with them, so you can understand what they are doing and be a piece of it.
Be a good role model. Teach and model kindness and good manners online. Because children are great mimics, limit your own media use. In fact, you’ll be more available for and connected with your children if you’re interacting, hugging and playing with them rather than simply staring at a screen.
Limit digital media for your youngest family members. Avoid digital media for toddlers younger than 18 to 24 months other than video chatting. For children 18 to 24 months, watch digital media with them because they learn from watching and talking with you. Limit screen use for preschool children, ages 2 to 5, to just 1 hour a day of high-quality programming. Co-viewing is best when possible and for young children. They learn best when they are re-taught in the real world what they just learned through a screen. So, if Ernie just taught the letter D, you can reiterate this later when you are having dinner or spending time with your child.
Remember: Kids will be kids. Kids will make mistakes using media. Try to handle errors with empathy and turn a mistake into a teachable moment. But some indiscretions, such as sexting, bullying, or posting self-harm images, may be a red flag that hints at trouble ahead. Parents must observe carefully their children’s behaviors and, if needed, enlist supportive professional help, including the family pediatrician.
Media and digital devices are an integral piece of our present reality. The benefits of these devices, whenever used moderately and properly, can be awesome. Yet, research has shown that up close and personal time with family, friends, and teachers plays a crucial and significantly more vital job in promoting children’s learning and sound development. Keep the eye to eye in advance, and don’t give it a chance to get lost behind a stream of media and tech.
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