Technology is everywhere, from communication services such as VoIP and SIP trunking, transportation to other kinds of technologies that somehow make life and work more convenient, comfortable and easier.

Still, even though the pros of technology are plenteous, there are people who make ill use of it to cause fraud and harm towards others. This is one reason why parents have a crucial responsibility of instilling in children the wise and safe use of technology since it is quite obvious that children today are living and growing in a highly technological environment.

In a national survey conducted in 2015 by Common Sense Media, 24% of children ranging from the ages of 8 to 12 have their own smartphone and 53% of them have their own tablet, whereas 67% of teenagers have their own smartphone.

Parents know and believe they have a crucial role in teaching and implanting in their children the healthy and safe usage of technology. In the yearly Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association in 2017, 94% of parents say at least a single action or measure is done to deal with the use of technology by their children throughout the school year. Nonetheless, in spite of their efforts and initiatives effort, according to 48% of parents, managing the screen time of their children is a continuous struggle, while 58% are worried about the psychological and physical health of their children as a result of the influence and effect of social media towards them.

Parental Advice on Technology Use

Many parents are therefore searching for better and effectual approaches to manage the use of technology by their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics came up with advices to guide parents on managing their children’s usage of technology and media. Here are a few:

Starting at a young Age, begin to educate children regarding technology. Make it clear to your children that computers, tablets and other media devices need be handled with utmost care since they are not toys. Edify them on the good and bad points of technology. Instead of scaring them, talk about the significance of valuing and protecting their own and other’s privacy and personal details in an manner that is fitting to their age. As they grow older, your continuing talks regarding these matter must be more in depth.

Be Attentive. It is easier for parents to check on what their younger children are doing online. This would become more challenging as they grow older. It’s best to have truthful and open dialogues regarding the sites they visit and which sites and contents are prohibited. Do your own research and exploration to better comprehend the type of media your child is utilizing. Also check on the browser history of your child to monitor their online activities and for you to know the sites they visit. Moreover, look for software to filter or make access restrictions to sites and contents that are prohibited.

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