If you’re one of the Moms and dads who use technology as a type of babysitter, you’re not alone. In a recent survey, more than 58 percent of parents admitted relying on a smart device to keep their child occupied.
What are parents to do to help bring balance back into the home without or without the use of tech? The American Academy of Pediatrics set forth a few helpful guidelines for setting better boundaries when it comes to the modern day pacifier.
First, ditch the device before critical bonding moments such as bedtime, mealtime, the drive to school and the first hour when everyone is returning home. These moments are crucial to developing a tight bond with teens and toddlers. In fact, it can create emotional ties that encourage better behavior long term.
Second, have a hand it over time for tech. When the end of the day comes, have a space where tech goes for charging and everyone gets their sleep. Technology in the bedroom can actually reduce quality sleep hours due to EMFs. It’s best to keep tech and the lights that it emits away from sleeping spaces, too.
Be a role model and don’t allow children free access without supervision. More children are exposed to pornography online and some release their sensitive data without meaning to. When you show habits of accountability, your child will too.
At the end of the day, it’s a parents right to decide how their child will use tech, but with the right lessons taught, you can foster responsible adult use without completely unplugging to the extreme.