Forget alcohol, homework and partying – the most challenging issue for parents right now is the smartphone lodged firmly in your offspring’s’ addicted fingers.
Children are spending more and more time online, and every week a new study emerges warning about the consequences; from social isolation to lack of concentration, to bullying, bad language and exposure to porn.
We are the first generation of parents who have got to navigate the 24/7 ‘totally on’ generation & it’s not easy!
Most of us grew up in an age of no mobile phones, tablets or laptops… of books, magazines and long chats on the home phone.
As parents we’re in the unique position of having no rule book, map or compass to guide us in this new world and can’t even turn to our own parents for advice.
As adults we have found ourselves stumbling in the dark around this unregulated digital space often wanting to embrace it but struggling to get to grips with it, as we struggle to find that elusive balance between’ enough’ and ‘too much.’ It’s having a profound effect on high street shopping to the way we socialise and communicate & we need to get to grips with it. No use putting our heads in the sand – that won’t teach our kids anything.
Yet how can we tell our children to get off social media, when we ourselves are regularly updating our feeds, when social media has become a key tool for work, and for many a way to make money?
The jury is still out on the dangers of smartphones, tablets and excessive use of technology & to be fair Skype and Facebook have dramatically changed the way we communicate with friends and family around the world, making it easier for us to stay in touch.
Social media can help us stay connected and engaged with likeminded businesses & has opened up a world of exciting information at the touch of button. For kids it can aid research, homework and course work, can give them a sense of achievement, while also allowing them to express themselves and if used positively, it’s a miracle.
It has also inspired our teens to be entrepreneurial as they observe YouTubers who have made millions, and influencers who run successful businesses & this awareness and knowledge could serve them well.
BUT we need to put boundaries round it. We need to monitor what our kids are doing on it and we need to step up and be unpopular when we ‘Talk & Teach’ them of it’s dangers and dark side. We need to talk and teach them about fake news and being manipulated online as well as the dangers of porn, gaming and paedophiles.
It’s a tricky path but in this webinar, I hope to give you some tried and tested tips, and some ‘pause to ponder’ moments.
We can’t change the world that our kids find themselves in, but we can help them navigate it, and hopefully keep themselves safe along the way.
We need to teach them to be self-aware, embrace the good bits & teach them to self-regulate in the long term – because that is ultimately what they need to be able to do.
Find out good practice, great ideas and ways to handle screens in this comprehensive webinar.