The world today is filled with technology. From digital assistants like Alexa and Siri to cars with GPS and refrigerators that can put items on your shopping list, technology is here to stay.
Your kids need to understand this new world they’re growing up in. It’s up to you to model and teach them what a healthy balance of tech and non-tech time looks like.
- Do you consciously unplug from your phone sometimes? Take a mini-break from online distractions? Impose a social media cleanse?
- Do you put down your phone when you’re talking to someone face to face?
- Do you challenge yourself to pick up your phone “on purpose” (with a goal in mind) instead of habitually, just to see what’s new?
Let’s celebrate all the good things that technology can do for families.
Here’s the briefest of lists for how tech helps my family:
- Hearing. Actual access to sound. Two of my kids can hear because they wear hearing aids and cochlear implants. And the technology is so amazing that they can stream music from ipods to their hearing devices. No earbuds needed!
- Keeping in touch with family through video chat apps
- Making music with “sick beats” (their words, not mine) with Music Maker Jam
- Playing music, setting alarms, making a grocery list, learning jokes with Alexa
- Finding new recipes
- Getting to playdates and new locations with GPS
- Sharing photos
- Limiting screen time with an app
- Seeing what my kids are exposed to online with an app
- Creating a packing list for trips–one that’s visual for little non-readers and text for bigger kids
- Learning how to fix stuff on YouTube