Technology Addiction in Children

Being the Digital Parent of the Digital Age

He does not drop the tablet from his hand…

If I don’t give it, she cries, becomes grumpy…

I set a time limit but it doesn’t fit…

He doesn’t look up from the screen…

How can I check what they’re watching?

I don’t understand what they are playing…

He does not leave his phone or tablet even while he is eating.

Hello, in this article, how should children be taught to use technology consciously? , what to watch out for, what is digital parenting and how to be I will be answering your questions.

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?

Is it possible to keep our children, who are the children of today’s digital age and who are more in control of technology than us, completely away from the screens, never introduce them to them, and not allow them to use them? Of course NO! WHAT TO DO THEN?

  • Children learn by taking their parents as role models. Therefore, the first thing to do is to apply what you say. Because your children will imitate you and do what they see from you. Because ‘ ‘Not Being an Addicted Individual in the Digital Age’By reading my article, you can create awareness for yourself and read what needs to be done.

  • Free time periods that vary according to their age should be planned and screen time should be determined. The time limit should be taught to children in a way that is appropriate for their age.

  • Parents should be stable and consistent among themselves.

  • Exceptions should not be made for the decisions taken or the time limits, because children love exceptions and they want to open the door that you have opened to the end.

  • In the periods that will be spent without a screen, there should be an activity that the child can move, socialize and enjoy doing.

  • Technological devices should be avoided 1 hour before bedtime, if possible, they should be turned off and removed.

  • Family should spend time together. This could be summarizing the day, talking and planning tomorrow’s things to do or what to do on holidays, reading fairy tales or stories, playing family games, reading a book, and so on. However, the important point here is that no technological device is looked at during this time!

  • Do not insert a screen (TV, tablet and phone, etc.) into the children’s room, if any, remove it. Especially until adolescence, the absence of a screen in their rooms is more accurate for the development of children.

  • He should not be allowed to enter the bed with a screen, and to set an example, you should not go to bed with a screen.

  • Don’t ban screen use, but set rules. For example, create time limiters from the digital health and guidance sections of devices.

  • It is impossible for a child who spends most of his time with the screen to stop this habit, so remember that you need to proceed patiently and step by step.

  • Become a digital parent!

*Time Formula for Screen Usage*

The longest screen use time determined by experts is available for children of all ages. However, if it is necessary to give a formula about how much screen the child can be exposed to in practice, briefly;

child’s age * 10 minutes

We can summarize it as: That is, 6 * 10 = 60 minutes of screen time can be determined for a 6-year-old child. 10 minutes before the end of this period, the children should be informed about the end of the time, and the last reminder should be given 5 minutes before the end of the time, and then the board should be obeyed.

What is Digital Parenting?

REMEMBER, you will fall short of protecting your children in the face of things that you do not know better than your children. In order to prevent your children from becoming dependent on technological devices, you must first be conscious of this issue. For this reason, being a digital parent is the most critical item in this process. The concept of digital parenting can be defined as a concept used for parents who know and recognize how to use digital tools at a basic level, who are aware of the risk factors and possibilities in digital environments, and who follow technological developments as a role model for their children.

Using Digital Devices by Age

Infancy: Exposing children aged 0-2 to a screen is as dangerous as closing their mouth and nose and waiting for them to breathe. Think about what can happen to a child who can’t breathe… Here you can think of the same things for the brain development of children who are left vulnerable to technology.

Preschool Period: Are tablets or phones the way to deal with children in this period when we are faced with children who want to be more active, more curious and more free? Well, how can we remove the children from the screens that we leave them alone with the screens so that they can keep quiet, leave their parents alone or to keep them entertained? Actually, it’s clear what to do. Presenting toys that are suitable for the age of our children and appealing to their developmental processes is to introduce them to children by watching the programs that will create the ability to think and question, along with entertainment, as parents. Of course, this meeting process should have a limit, the child should not spend all his free time activities in front of the screen because he watches productive things, and during this time, parental supervision should continue.

Primary School Period: For children in this period, it can be difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. For this reason, your children should be told that everything they see on the screen is not real, their curiosity should be satisfied and their questions should be answered with patience.

Puberty Period: Would you let your daughter or son wander around at night, perhaps until the morning, without telling you, without telling you where he is and who he is seeing? Whatever your answer is, actually YES! Because many parents wonder where their teenage kids are surfing the internet? , what did you do?, what games did you play? Or who are you talking to? He doesn’t know… Ask your children about the games they play, let them tell you about them, don’t pass them off, listen, listen with curiosity even if you find it ridiculous if you get bored, Because at that time, your child opens his own world to you. Even offer to accompany him and play together while playing some games! That’s when you have a chance to find out where, with whom and what they are doing.

3 basic Warnings for Children

  1. Not all information on the internet is correct,

  2. Private information should not be given to any application without the knowledge of their parents, and

  3. Children should be told by parents that everything written or shared on the Internet will remain there and will not be deleted.

If you have difficulties in teaching your children to use technology consciously, have problems and want to get support on digital parenting or if you need to be informed about what to do, contact me here or psk.sahinfatmaizel@gmail.com at n you can contact us and you can always ask your questions free of charge. Best regards…

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