Could too much tech time lead to unruly behavior or even worse with your child?
An Eva teen recently ran away from home when his parents took his cell phone.
According to most major outlets, the 13-year-old was found dead some five days later.
Although no one will ever know what really caused the death of the child, and some issues may have improved his behavior, however, removing his cell phone is certainly a contributing factor to an argument between the child and his parents.
Today many youngsters are addicted to their tech devices at an early age. Many parents give their children iPads and tablets at the age of 2, some even younger.
Studies are beginning to appear indicating the problems associated with tech addiction.
Too much medium time can lead to a slow development of social skills and a lack of communication. It may also have long-term physical effects with brain development and related issues.
Here are five helpful hints to reduce tech dependency and increase healthy conversations.
1. Give their young children blocks and toys, not devices. The best toys will senses a child’s senses, excite their imagination and encourage them to interact with others. As they grow, infants can use toys to explore the object of the object and relationships. They also need objects such as blocks to build motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
2. Parents need to put their devices away and set a good example. Social demands can be rude, but mom and dad need to keep away from their devices and talk to their kids. Create time free means for the dinner and later. Engage with your kids by playing board games and other activities that encourage conversation. Work related messages can always be answered after the children’s going to bed.
3. Consider giving your child / teenager a flip phone like a smartphone. A flip phone encourages more conversations, and discourages Internet access and app use. If you must provide your child with a phone because you do not have a land line, and your child stays home alone, or you need to pick up your child from school or practice and need to be able to communicate, a flip phone will suffice.
4 Keep “medium boundaries” between your child and their friends so it can not dominate their life. When you plan playdates, sleepovers and social outings … ask the parent what their resource policy is and respect it. Do not let your child bring their device to a friend’s house if the family has a device free device. If you must reach your child, get the parent phone to contact your child.
5. Learn how to limit screen time and block content. If you have concerns about technology, but not to the point where you feel it must be taken all together, learn the best products on the market to block content, perform screen time limits, etc. Some good apps for this Are Circle, and Bark.