In this day and age, it’s just a fact of life that our kids are growing up with technology and whilst there’s no avoiding it overall, there are still ways to keep them safe and ensure that their childhood isn’t overtaken by technology.
As a parent it’s hard to know when the right time is to allow them to use things like computers and smartphones, and there’s really no right answer – but it’s important that you follow your instincts as a parent and not allow them to back you into a corner or feel pressured because other parents are letting their kids use them already.
Technology has so many great benefits, but it’s normal when we look at things like cyberbullying, data breaches, and even some of the top healthcare breaches that have recently happened for us to be able to see the flaws in it and where it could do with some fixing.
In this post, we’re going to share some tips with you to help you identify if your kids are old enough for technology so you can both feel comfortable with the situation.
Could it be good for keeping in touch?
If your kids are approaching the age where they’re starting to go out with friends and just doing more things on their own, then this could be a good reason to consider allowing them to have a phone as a way to be able to keep in touch with you and call you if they need help.
You should let them know that there will be rules in place for using the phone and that you’ll be able to monitor their use and will take it away if they’re using it in a way that you feel isn’t good. However, it could be a good idea as technology has made it easier to keep in touch so if we look at it from a safety point of view, then it’s worth considering.
Could it help them with school?
If your kids are in the time of their lives where they’re getting things like more homework and you feel like a computer could help them with their studies, then this could be a great thing for them. It’s pretty easy to set up parental controls on a computer these days and you can even find things like child-friendly search engines so that they’re only focused on learning and don’t stumble on to anything they’re not supposed to be looking at or using.
Could it help them get involved in a good cause?
Technology is used more for good than it is for bad – despite what the media would have us believe. Nowadays the world is more connected than ever before and technology provides us with a platform to use for good – if your child is interested in getting involved in good causes, then having a computer is a good way to help them achieve this so that they can search for causes they feel strongly about that they may not have been aware of if they didn’t have access to the technology that would allow them to.