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Parenting Advice about Technology from WeCare

Dr. Lori Getz’s message at the WeCare presentation was important and direct. You must use the same strong parenting skills to ensure the health and well-being of your child/ren in using technology as you use day-to-day. It is essential to set the standards for use that incorporate your family values and morals. Then you must know what your children are doing with technology and closely monitor their use.

One point was that you should know your child’s internet friends as well as you know their friends at school and in the neighborhood. Ask about their friends in the digital world, just like you do about the friends they spend time with in the real world. Additionally, you should not assume that they are using good judgment when using technology, as predators know how to “groom” children into believing they are friends. This kind of judgment ability takes place in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is not fully formed until age 25.

Dr. Getz suggested “parental controls” such as:

  • Leave all “personal devices” at the door at home where you can place the family charging station
  • Eat dinner as a family technology-free
  • Filter and monitor all technology used by your children
  • Require that young children use your devices and passwords, as then you can check exactly what they are doing and for how long
  • Test and try what your children want to use before you allow it
  • “Game” together, now and then
  • Limit tech-use time for ergonomic health
  • Stay within COPA – the federal law that regulates technology use by children, etc.

For more information, she recommends this website: www.commonsensemedia.com   Her own website is: www.momlogic.com

In keeping with your health and wellness expectations in the real world, your job as a parent is to ensure that children have what they need to succeed in our new world of technology, NOT necessarily what they want.

 

Posted by pvolker on Saturday March, 22, 2014

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