Holiday shopping has begun and the most popular gifts are always the newest tech gadgets. Electronic games and portable players are on the top of most kid’s wish lists. While tech toys and games are commonplace among children, you need to manage a balance between face time and tech time. How do you find time and enforce this balance?
Many parents use portable games to ease their child’s boredom and keep their behavior in check. I agree that for situations when you expect a kid to sit and behave for an extended period of time, like on an airplane, a game or movie is nice to have. At other times, when a conversation or family time is the goal, leave electronic games and devices at home.
Keep control over tech devices by:
- Starting with a plan that the family follows.
- Determining when you want to allow kids to have tech devices and gadgets. Stay consistent. Put these times on your daily calendar/schedule where kids can see them.
- Using gadgets as an incentive for kids when traveling.
- Never replacing good parenting with tech gadgets. Gadgets should not be present at the table or any other family gathering.
- Taking gadgets away as a disciplinary method if behavior needs to improve or if grades drop.
- Keeping the conversation going about tech use and expectations. Consistency and control are key here.
- Purchasing age appropriate tech gadgets for your children.
- Talk to your kids about internet safety and online use.
If you have not had a conversation with your family and partner about tech use, now is the time. Don’t let your kids’ lives be run by their phones, gaming devices or iPods. Remember that you are the authority and should always be the gate-keeper for more or less time with their tech gadgets.
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