In the 21st century, technology is all over the place. We live through computer screens, television screens, smartphones, tablets; you name it. With so much technology, it has become difficult to keep our children off the screen and active outdoors. Is it still possible to prevent our children from using technology on a daily basis?
While parental controls seem like a useful way to limit the use of technology for our children, they aren’t always as effective as one may think. Parental controls can easily be bypassed these days. Most kids can quickly find a workaround and then share it with all of their friends. While it remains a great idea to add parental controls to your computer and other devices, don’t rely solely on them.
Find interest in your kid’s technology use
Becoming an active parent that finds interest in how your kids use technology is a great way to limit their usage of it. When you see your kid using the computer, walk over to it and ask them what they are doing. Get interested in who they are chatting with online and check the browser history at all times (even though most kids will erase the browser history).
Here’s a quick checklist for parents:
- Tell your kids about the dangers of chatting with strangers.
- Explain to your kids why it’s important to never give out personal information online. This includes the home address, the school they go to, their phone number, etc.
- Encourage your kids to use kid friendly search engines such as KidzSearch.
- Set strict time limits for technology use.
A well-informed kid is much less likely to provide personal details and end up chatting with strangers. While you don’t want to scare your children, you should definitely share a story or two about online predators and how other kids end up in terrible situations when providing such details.
How technology moguls raise their children
Here are a couple of technology moguls that deal with first-hand with the latest technologies on a daily basis. See how they raise their children regardless of their own technology use.
Jeff Bezos – Amazon Founder
Jeff and his wife have four children and they are very limited to the amount of technology they can use on a daily basis. In fact, Jeff’s oldest son (14 years old) was the last kid in his class to own a smartphone.
Chris Anderson – Founder of GeekDad
Chris has five children, but he keeps constant control on how they use technology. Even as a professional blogger, Chris barely uses technology for himself. He places thorough parental controls on all technological devices that his children use.
Jimmy Wales – Co-Founder of Wikipedia
While all of the other tech moguls listed here limit the use of technology for their children, Jimmy Wales doesn’t. He and his daughter enjoy playing Minecraft together and he encourages her to use technology. He’s even helping her learn how to code websites.