'Digital technology' is a buzzing word in the present scenario, and the word nowadays is more associated with parents as 'Digital Parenting'. It is appreciating that penetration of digital technology in our life has made lifestyle easy but on the flip side technology has been seen as an 'hindrance' by parents.
Children are seen preoccupied with mobiles,iphone and ipads, in which they are engrossed in playing digital games, messaging text, taking selfies, and sharing them in social medias. This has earned the wrath of parents as it is effecting the upbringing of children.
Thus, circumstances are beyond the reach, parents are now trying to find new gateways to tackle the problem. Incorporating 'Digital Parenting' as a part of your parenting can provide solution and enables parent to combat the problem.
This could be a little challenging for parents as they need to get update on applications in order to safeguard their tech-savvy child.
Here are few tips that help parents in guiding children:
1. Interact with your child
Regular communication between you and your child can bring in lots of positive implications. It is necessary for you to stay tune to online activities of your child. Show your involvement with child's activities ask what is he doing? Why he likes that game? Keep a track of his friends and interact with them also. This may help you to figure out what is your child upto.
2 Update technically
This is probably hard but inevitable for a parent who is ignorant of technical knowledge. To monitor your child's online activities it is essential for you to brace up to technical skills.
3. Guide them on internet useage and implications
Guide them purpose and how to use the internet. Tell him protecting the digital reputation is crucial as digital access will have a footprint forever. Besides give information on internet safety and cyber bullying.
4. Fix a time frame
Fix a time limit. Being a parent it is inevitable to set time limit on digital access by your child. If your child is young keep warning him not to be obsessed of tech as it disturbs his lifestyle, such as eating, reading and playing. If he is old form new rules For eg: Helping you at home instead of engaging in the mobile all time. You can also make a ritual of sharing activities of the day and keep electronic devices off before he hits the bed.
5 Deploy parental control applications
Deploy parent control applications in mobiles and tablets to keep your child away from plunging into unwanted activities. As your child grows older move from control to monitoring tools. You can also check the history of access after he goes to bed.
6 Regulate digital habits and be a role model
It is vital to regulate your digital habits before you incorporate the same in your child. Follow some do and dont's. For eg: Don't check your phone over the dinner, don't attend call while driving even if you pick say that you will call them back. You are the role model of your kids. They always monitor you and try follow you.
'Digital Parenting' is all about a small effort and little patience from parents that helps in building a healthy and friendly relationship with their children.