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Tech and Children: Tips to Save Your Kid from Tech Addiction

Tips to save your kid from tech addiction, quarrel between the child and his parents, reducing tech dependency and increasing healthy conversations,

Tips to Save Your Kid from Tech Addiction 

(1) Effect of technology on your child's behavior

Could too much tech time lead to a wild behavior with your child, or even worse?

Recently, an Iowa teenager ran away from home when his parents took away his cellphone.

The 13-year-old was found dead some five days later a reported by most major media. 

While no one will ever know what actually caused this child's death, many factors may have affected his behavior, taking away his cellphone was definitely a contributing factor to a quarrel between the child and his parents. 

(2) Tech addiction

Most youngsters today are becoming addicted to their tech devices at an early age. We find many parents are giving their kids iPads and tablets at age 2, and some even younger. 

Studies are beginning to appear indicating the tech addiction related problems. 

Too much time on the device can lead to a slow development of social skills and a lack of communication. It can cause long-term physical effects too with brain development and other related issues.

(3) Tips to reduce tech dependency and increase healthy conversations

1. Give the blocks and toys to very young children, not devices. The best toys will engage the senses of a child, spark their imaginations and encourage them to interact with others. As they grow, infants can use toys to explore the object permanence, and the relationships between cause and effect. They also need objects such as blocks to help develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

2. Parents need to put away their devices and set a good example. Society demands can be rugged but mom and dad need to stay off their devices and speak to their kids. You may create device free times around dinner and later, engage with your kids by playing board games and other activities that encourage conversation, and work-related messages can always be answered after the kids have gone to bed. 

3. Consider giving your child or teenager a flip phone instead of a smartphone, as a flip phone can encourage more conversations, and discourage internet access and app use. If you must provide your child with a phone because you do not have a land line, and your child stays home alone, or if you need to pick up your child from school or practice and have to be able to communicate, a flip phone would suffice. 

4. Maintain "device boundaries" between your child and their friends so that it does not dominate their life. When you schedule play dates, sleepovers, and social outings, then ask the parent what their device policy is and respect it. Do not allow your child to bring their device to the house of a friend if there is a device free policy for that family. If you need to reach your kid, then get the phone number for the parent to contact your kid. 

5. Learn how to keep the screen time limited and block content. If you have technology concerns, but not to the point where you feel it must be taken away all together, educate yourself about the best products on the market to block content, enforce screen time limits, etc.

Elsayed Farouk

Arabic-Egyptian translator and blogger - I share my experience in a simple way that suits everyone..... (مترجم ومدون عربي مصري - أشارك خبرتي بأسلوب مبسط يناسب الجميع)
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