Technology is everywhere. Children today are hyper-connected, with smartphones, tablets, and computers. Social media has replaced hanging out in person and having a real conversation. As convenient as technology is, there are some major downsides. Kids today don’t know how to hold a meaningful, face to face conversation. They lack social skills and confidence. Plus, the internet is full of places where you wouldn’t want your kids spending time. How do you keep them safe?
60% of the times during frontal crash the child in the car seat at the back remains unscathed. The incorporation of technology into designing the car seat may ensure a safe travel option for parents. Like a prototype by Volvo which may still be in the initial design phase.
This may sound clichéd, but technology has had a significant impact on our lives involving the safety gadgets that we use. The need for a technologically advanced car seat is very pressing because of the traditional car seats a few issues.
Spend time every day on social media. Explore the things your kids are into; apps, games, and websites. If you don’t know what your kids are into, then how are you supposed to know what’s right for them? New apps and websites are launched daily. Keeping up with everything is impossible. But you can take a step in the right direction by spending time with your child, enjoying the things they enjoy.
Keeping up with your kids and spending time with them is one step. However, it’s impossible to know everything they’re doing, every second of the day. Thankfully there are a variety of programs and software that allow you to monitor and set limits on what your kids do with technology. For example, you can track your child’s activity on their iPhones. You can setup blocked sites with parental controls on most computers and tablets.
It isn’t a bad idea to set up specific times during the day where technology isn’t allowed. For example, you might want to encourage your child to read a book or go play outside for an hour a day. Give their brain a break from the technological A.D.D. that instant gratification develops.
Sitting down with your child over dinner is an excellent opportunity to discuss what’s going on in their life. Who are their friends, what are they doing, and what are some interesting things they learned about in school. It’s easy to also discuss some dangers your child is likely to come across online. Stranger danger is a real threat to online chatrooms. Your son or daughter needs to understand that people don’t always tell the truth online, and may act like an entirely different person in order to gain their trust. Discuss current events, and touch on some of the recent child abductions that have happened as a result of children chatting online.
Avoid judging your child when they come to you with a problem. Instead, be loving and accepting, while working with them to find a solution to their problem. They may be in over their head, and it’s important that they feel they can come to you for help and advice without being yelled at. This can be the difference between your child meeting somebody at a park, and talking to you first so that you know what’s going on and can chaperone them.
It’s far more likely that your child is going to do something on their phone, tablet or computer that will involve the downloading of a virus. They read “get a new game free” and immediately hit the download button. This is why giving your child their own laptop, tablet or smartphone is a great idea. This keeps your computer safer from viruses while allowing your child to explore without threatening the family with identity theft.