We live in a technology driven world. Everywhere you look technology is being used to help us find jobs, discover television programs, interact with businesses and CEO’s on higher levels, educate our children, and heal our bodies. If technology has so many great uses, why do so many parents struggle with their decision to allow their children access to technology?
Some parents believe if you are pro technology, your child sits in front of video games or apps for hours without end and that child never visits parks or read books or builds with blocks. That is simply a misconception. Is there a way that technology and parenting can live in harmony and create a better life for our children? I believe there is.
My daughter is only 3 years old, and we love websites like PBS for kids, Sesame Street and others that are extremely beneficial for her. She has a better vocabulary than most kids her age and a memory that is pretty darn amazing.
That being said we also visit parks, read books and have fun creating tall towers with blocks. Actually tall towers is one of my daughter’s favorite past times. Proving that kids who love technology can also love blocks.
I think as parents if we shield our children from technology in a world that is obviously driven by technology we are not giving them any advantages in life.
Technology by itself is neither evil or good. It’s what happens with technology in the hands of the user. For example a brain surgeon who uses technology to remove a growth is a hero. While a hacker to hacks into baby monitors to terrorize families is evil. Is the technology by itself bad? No. It’s the user that makes technology useful or harmful.
As a mom I love technology but I’m also very careful with how my daughter uses that technology. I thought it would be useful if I shared a few of the things we do in our home to guide my daughter with her new found love for technology.
Here are a few tech-parenting tips that may help you too.
- Never leave your child unattended when using technology regardless of age. There are hackers and predators and it’s just unwise to give our kids free reign in this area.
- Limit screen time. I’m do not pretend to know the magic screen time number for our kids. I respect a parent’s right to choose. It’s important to guide our children and help them know how much screen time is too much.
- Find toys and apps that keep kids engaged in learning and fun simultaneously. Learning is one of the greatest doors we can open for our children. Is it easy for you to learn if a subject is boring? No. It’s not easy for our children either. Find ways to engage them and make everything an experience they will love.
- Monitor your child’s activity. This is not spying it’s using wisdom as a parent. Would you send your child into a nightclub filled with criminals? No. The online world is vast. There are so many wonderful experiences available online, but as parents we have to always remember there are those who seek to do harm as well. Monitor all activity.
In this technology driven world it’s up to us the parents how that tool is used. In my case technology is used to make parenting easier, help educate my daughter and show her new worlds via interactive apps she may not have had the opportunity to view otherwise. Yes I’m a tech parent. And I’m perfectly comfortable with that decision.
Full disclosure: I did invent a product that utilizes technology. But prior to inventing my product, I used technology for my own daughter often.