Parenting in the Digital Age
Being a parent isn’t easy. However, there is an argument that it is even more difficult in the digital age. According to a Common Sense Media Report conducted a couple of years ago, 59 per cent of parents interviewed believed that their kids were addicted to mobile devices. That’s without even mentioning the video game addiction. With that in mind, read on to discover more…
The effects of using digital devices to young people
While there is nothing wrong with using digital devices, it is important to ensure that the time spent on these devices is controlled and limited. A lot of studies have been conducted that have concluded overuse of computers, mobile phones, television, and tablets can have a negative impact. This includes causing impairment to a child’s social skills. Excessive technology use has also been linked with weight gain and poor sleep quality.
There are, of course, a number of dangers and worries associated with this as well. Parents, naturally and justifiably, worry that their child could end up talking to a person who is up to no good. There is also the risk that your child could download apps that are not age-appropriate.
How to parent well in the digital age
There are a number of different things that you can do to parent well in the digital age. Firstly, you should limit your child’s screen time. You should also make sure that you have complete control over what they are accessing via their mobile phone and any other devices they may have. You should put parental controls on these devices and you may even want to consider software that enables you to have full clarity over your child’s mobile phone use.
You also need to educate yourself on current trends and apps that are being used. There are a lot of potentially dangerous apps. A good example is Tellonym, which is an anonymous messenger app, which can often lead to unsavoury content, violent threats, and bullying.
Kids activities Sydney
One of the best things that you can do when parenting your child in a digital age is ensuring that they have other activities to enjoy. While your child will get a valuable education at school, there is no denying that holiday activities for kids give them the chance to have a lot of fun, step away from the computer, and boost their social skills in the process. These workshops have an invaluable impact on your child’s development in so many ways:
- Developing coordination and artistic understanding through circus and dance.
- Developing design and videography skills at film school.
- Developing entrepreneurial skills with business camp masterclasses.
- Developing home life skills with cooking and baking workshops.
- Developing physical skills and coordination with rock climbing.
For more information about the different kids Activities Eastern Suburbs & Inner West & Lower North Shore & Northern Beaches, please do not hesitate to get in touch.