In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to avoid computers, tablets and smartphones–unless of course you move off the grid and live out a Swiss Family Robinson type of existence. But let’s be more realistic.
While kids will inevitably learn how to use all of the newest gadgets (faster than you will), there are some benefits to helping them to not get sucked down the proverbial rabbit hole. While you likely won’t be able to fully disconnect them from screens, balancing their time spent with technology can help them develop healthy habits and connections in real life (IRL as the kids say). Here are six reasons to monitor your child’s digital doses…
1. Social Media can make Kids Less Social
We’ve all heard that this can be a side effect of connecting virtually. However, consider that you existed before the rise of electronic communication and therefore gained face-to-face social skills, while your child was born into a high-tech world.
About Parenting warns that letting your kids spend too much time in front of a computer or television can mean less time spent talking with you and other family members, which can lead to your kids confiding less in you and more with “friends” on the internet.