Everyone is catching the technology fever, including kids. Today many children are addicted to technology in a manner which has many parents worried. They request their parents purchase the latest tech gadget for them despite the fact the parents know little or nothing about these devices.
It should come as no surprise that kids are spending a lot of time in front of screens. According to a new study, tweens from 8 to 12 years of age spend an average of four-and-a-half hours each day watching TV or using a digital device. For teens 13 to 18, the average is six-and-a-half hours.
For many parents who are looking for strategies to raise their children right since they cannot shield them from technology, here are essential rules for raising Nigerian kids in a technology world.
Technology should not be discouraged in your home
Technology is ubiquitous. You cannot say that because you are a Luddite so you discourage your children from embracing technology. Technology is the future and you will be losing if you prevent them from accessing it. It is better to welcome this new way of life into your home so that they will not be tech illiterates in the future. In blue chip companies today, the knowledge of technology is essential.
Restrict access to social media and other websites
If your kids are not old enough to buy their gadgets themselves, you should either buy a phone that doesn’t give browse or block access to social media-Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other indecent websites.[irp]
Children are wired to be imaginative and inquisitive. It is when you stop them from accessing technology that they become curious. They want to know why you want to stop them using. It is better to allow them to use it but moderately. To prevent overuse restriction internet access to certain times of the day can help. Even when you are not home, they will abide by this timeline.
Remember technology is to solve problems
Technology is meant to solve problems not worsen it by getting kids addicted to it. Rather than calling or sending them text messages to your children, you can chat with them via instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, BBM, and Facebook messengers. It has helped you cut the cost of buying airtime. But still, you have to find a balance. Do not over do it. There should be a period you temporarily collect the gadgets from them so that they will not be addicted.[irp]
Use apps to monitor your kid’s activities
There are android apps you can now use to monitor the phone or online activities of your children. With these apps, you have control over what they are exposed to. Examples of these downloadable monitoring apps include Kids place, Secure Teen Parental Control, Screen time Parental control and Norton Family Parental Control.
What are other tips do you think is essential to raise children in our ever changing tech space?