Parenting in the Digital Age and Limiting Technology Use

Parenting in the 21st century is drastically different, and it’s all thanks to the widespread accessibility of smartphones and tablets. Whereas even just 20 years ago you might have had a single family-shared computer, now there are a multitude of devices which have internet access in the average home. Being able to watch shows, play, and communicate with others is now more convenient than ever, but it’s no secret that this convenience can become an addiction; this is doubly true in the case of impressionable children.

Children in this modern world are more dependent than ever on their parents to navigate them through the labyrinth technology creates, whether they know it or not. Seth Whitmer, an executive for healthcare organizations, has a guide to help you steer your children in the right direction.

Set Standards

There can also be an open discussion about self-regulation, and in this case one of the best reinforcements for it is to lead by example as a parent: Explain to your children that your devices are both useful tools and great entertainment, but also that you know that too much of a good thing is detrimental.

Keep Yourself Informed

Pacing Wi-Fi Access

Family Time in a New Way

One way to limit the use of technology in a positive way is to set aside time for a family activity oriented around it. Planning an activity where everyone is using their device such as playing a game together allows your children the reward of being able to use technology while also being under the direct supervision and engaged in something that will bring everyone closer together instead of being in isolation. While it’s still important to plan activities that are technology-free, in this case you can use it to your advantage.

Let Kids be Kids

Seth Whitmer’s Final Thoughts

Hiram Seth Whitmer is a visionary leader and influencer with a passion for executing the complete turnaround of healthcare organizations