Bringing up children in today's world is a starkly different proposition to that of say just 20 years ago. We have the Internet now and kids as young as 3 are regularly on internet connected devices. Also, as a consequence of the Internet age and the prevalence of these devices, we've got better ways to communicate and keep tabs on who's where and what they're doing.
Tech can be a great aid in your kids' development, but it can also be an enormous distraction, and it can also be quite harmful. How do you balance all that?
This is only a short post, as the point is to hopefully garner some information from you - if you feel inspired, please leave a comment on one of the topics below.
How do YOU use tech in your parenting?
- Maybe you're a single parent and you use particular applications to share info with your child's other parent? What are those apps/services and how do they help? How do you manage that information exchange when your relationship with the former partner might be a tad 'prickly'?
- Do your kids have mobile phones? What age have they had them from? What controls do you put in place to limit use and to prevent "bill shock"?
- How do you administer access to apps on smartphones/tablets and iPods? Do your kids get pocket money for apps?
- What about computer use at home? How do you monitor that? What tools do you have in your arsenal?
- How do you limit "screen time"?
- Do you have filtering software or use services like OpenDNS?
- Facebook and other social media - is the Facebook minimum age of 13 appropriate or does it depend on the maturity level of the child? Are your kids on Facebook? Are you their 'friend'?
- Games - what do your kids play? Do you consider games like Minecraft a waste of time or are they the modern-day Lego?
I'd be really keen for your thoughts on one or more of the above. Thanks in advance.