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10 Ways to Control Tech in Your Home

Laura Buddenberg - Boys Town

Technology has become integral to every part of our lives.  Kids no longer read books, they read on their tablets.  Typed papers have replaced hand-written essays.  And for most, text messages or emails have replaced phone calls.  This increase in technology does not mean it needs to invade your family time.

 

Here are 10 tips to help you maintain balance with technology in your home.

  1. Technology should serve your family and bring you closer to each other, not make your family its servant and keep all of you apart.  Have a Family Meeting to share your values about media usage. Don’t assume your kids know how you feel.
  2. Parents are their children’s first and best teachers. Model appropriate use of technology for your kids.
  3. Use of cell phones, computers, televisions, and other electronic devices is a privilege for kids, not a right.   Cell phones and computers (of all types) are not private.  
    Parents have a right and a responsibility to know what their
    kids are seeing, hearing, and saying on their electronic
    devices.
  4. Establish appropriate consequences, both positive and
    negative, for technology usage.  Communicate those
    consequences clearly and often to your kids.
  5. Establish “technology-free” zones and times in your home
    when you all “unplug” and concentrate on communicating
    with each other and enjoying each other’s company. 
    Meal time is a great time to go “tech-free” and talk!
  6. Help your children achieve balance in their lives by encouraging them to stay physically active, enjoy reading, and learn to relax and have fun without electronics.
  7. Talk with other parents.  Let them know what your family technology policy is and ask how they handle technology and media exposure in their homes.  Support each other in helping kids use technology safely and appropriately.
  8. The Boys Town National Hotline is here to help if you have a concern about your kids.  Call 1-800-448-3000.

 

 

 

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