Digital Parenting I


Digital Parenting – Part 1:-


This is the ideal parenting style – It’s the perfect balance between setting boundaries for your child and giving them space to grow

  • How is this beneficial in building my child’s digital resilience? 
  • You act as a guide and support by telling them you’ve been on this earth a little longer and have the experience to help them tackle their online issues 
  • You are willing to listen to your child’s views and validate their feelings 
  • You give your child a sense of containment and ensure your child feels a sense of security to allow them to take risks 
  • You are giving them the control to navigate their own online world but ensuring they are also safe by having the right safeguards in place 
  • A child of an authoritative parent feels as though they have the respect of their parents but also respects their parents 

This is a ‘my way or the hard way’ style of parenting and Why this may be challenging?

  • It can be damaging as you are minimising a child’s opportunity to deal with technology and also minimising feelings about their flexibility and their determination
  • What could I do differently?
  • Spend more time listening to your child
  • Validate them for what they’re doing
  • Allow them to have more say in the way their lives are run

This is when you want to be your child’s best friend and Why this may be challenging?

  • A child’s self-esteem is dependent on boundaries and expectations. If they don’t have any boundaries or consistency, this can be problematic as they won’t feel a sense of containment and they don’t have the ability to self-parent
  • What could I do differently?
  • Practice setting boundaries and implementing rules
  • Openly talk to your child about your expectations of online behaviour, what they’re getting up to online, who they’re talking to and explain why you’re establishing rules
  • Don’t be afraid of not being liked by your child, you need to be a parent and keep them safe online

You completely leave your child and not bothered what they are doing with their own devices Why this may be challenging?

  • Without parent supervision, it can encourage a child to solely depend on themselves and be more susceptible to experience online risks.
  • What could I do differently?
  • Create time for your child and their online world
  • Get involved and find out what they are doing online
  • Have regular conversations, If you are struggling to parent your child, you may need to seek help such as talking to psychiatrist or a class teacher or a social worker

Technology Effects on Children:-

Effect on Behaviour

  • Constant use of a device and features like auto-play on platforms can be habit forming and encourage children be spend longer screen times
  • Speech or language delay
  • Attention deficits
  • Learning problems
  • Childhood depression

Effect on the Brain

  • Longer Screens can have a drug-like effect (Smartphone Addiction) on the children’s brains which can make them more anxious.
  • It can make children more forgetful (less ability for multi-tasking) as they rely on things like Google, GPS and calendar alerts to look up information, even finds them hard to memorise the phone numbers of the family members.

Effect on Sleep

  • Blue light from phones will trick the brain into thinking its still daylight making them challenging to sleep

Benefits of Screen Time

  • Gives children access to a variety of information to shape their knowledge
  • Technology takes away physical barriers to social connections to make our children less isolated
  • Exposure to technology has proven to improve children’s learning and development skills
  • Online games and activities enhance teamwork and creativity
  • Children have better motor skills
  • Improved cognitive skills
  • More fun for kids
  • Better Competition skills
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