One of my favorite topics to discuss on my Instagram account with fellow moms: How do you talk about tech stuff with your kids?!
A few weeks ago I went to a parent class taught by an FBI agent who specializes in online crimes against children. She gave out a lot of scary stats and stories about what can happen to kids online. Most of the parents left looking overwhelmed & discouraged.
Dealing with the internet, social media, video games — it can be scary and daunting, for sure. This world is stuck in information overdrive, which is a huge blessing...and also sometimes a huge curse.
But it is OUR responsibility as parents to research, read up, teach our kids, and continue the conversation so our families don't fall victim to the issues that are sadly so common. Skyrocketing levels of teen anxiety and depression, youth suicides, cyberbullying, wasting time, and eroding family values — these things do NOT have to be your reality.
If you're wondering how to begin the conversation at home (or if you want to evaluate how your family is doing), start with this list of questions:
Why do we care about screen time?
What devices are allowed in our home?
Do we have time limits for technology?
What do we do if we encounter problems or inappropriate content?
What games and apps are allowed?
Who gets administrator / password rights?
What happens if we break our family's screen time rules?
Do your kids know the answers to these questions? Do YOU?
Tonight: hand everyone in your house a treat, say you're having a "family meeting," and discuss one of these topics. Get everyone’s input and really listen.
You can do it! You’re not alone — all of us moms are navigating this together. And our families are depending on us.
Find lots more ideas for talking about kids and tech: #boymom_screentime
(This post was originally shared on my Instagram account, Boymoms Unite! Follow me there for lots more conversation about kids and technology — plus tons of great discussion with fellow moms like YOU.)