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Tech and your parenting

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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? 

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Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • 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.