Check out the article below for 10 Tips For Keeping Tech In Check. What this article lacks in connecting the spiritual implications for too much tech, it makes up for with practical suggestions on how to keep your students or kids from OD-ing on technology.
10 Tips For Keeping Tech In Check, Family Edition
At what age is social media appropriate? How much screen time is too much? Research only goes so far to supply the answers.
Jackie Ashton April 11, 2013
At what age is social media appropriate? How much screen time is too much? Research only goes so far to supply the answers: you can find one study that says “video games make kids violent” and on the next click, another study claiming, “video games make kids more creative!”
As a general rule, I tend to fall back on what my grandmother always said: Moderation is key. Here are 10 tips for keeping tech in check with your family:
1. Talk to your kids about technology. In my interview with Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychologist and author of iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold On Us, he recommended setting clear limits for technology, particularly at dinnertime – absolutely no technology (adults or children) at the table. He also recommends weekly family meetings starting with kids as young as age three. Sit on the floor with your kids, at their eye level. Ask them questions about technology: what is your favorite game? Ask them about online teasing. “Parents have to be absolutely non-judgmental in their responses,” Rosen says, “the goal is to develop family trust so that as kids grow older, and things like cyber bullying do come up, kids feel comfortable sharing.”