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Why Must Parents (Somewhat) Keep Up With Digital Technology Their Child Uses?

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Why Must Parents (Somewhat) Keep Up With Digital Technology Their Child Uses?

Children, growing up with YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, learning to use smartphones or tablets before they are able to talk. In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills.

Too often we hear parents singing the blues that digital world is “all too beyond them”. They believe they will never ‘catch up’ with the knowledge and skills that appear to be of this generation. Moreover, kids will likely be one step ahead in their technical knowledge and abilities because of their inquisitive and curious nature. However as parents must try as stay as much updated in order to effectively educate, guide and monitor them through the hidden and unexpected dangers.

These are the few reasons that we need to know and understand the technology that our kids are immersed in!

1. It is their world. What telephone and television were to us when we were young, smartphone and internet are for them. They are born in this digital age and are digital natives.

2. As a parent, it is our duty to understand, relate, connect, use, and finally guide our children in what they do. Just because they are born in this digital world, doesn’t mean they know how to use it perfectly. They want guidance even in this field.

3. Being a parent I understand the trust we have on our children, but can we trust the data (read adult content) available a click away from our children?? Obviously NO. So parents need to understand this Digital Technology to monitor their kid’s usage of technology.

4. No matter how much knowledge, they pretend to have. Parental guidance will help them learn and use empathy, morals, and ethics in this online world. Parents can effectively navigate the consequences that the children’s risk-taking behaviour can lead them to.

5. The today’s culture of the teen is not all that different to years gone by. Kids still like to be popular, hang out, have a place to express themselves, flirt, gossip and try doing challenges. In the past, however, they could do all these things privately. But the playing field has changed now. Today social networking sites have become their Living areas. Now, via these sites, they are creating profiles, making even stranger friends, adding updates of their lives, commenting, contributing to the newsfeeds and providing a continuous stream of live updates on their daily routines. There is certainly a positive element to all this which parents need to understand.

Here is my favourite quote about Digital media “Either you LOVE it or HATE it, but you surely can’t IGNORE it”

I believed What goes online stays online, possibly forever. It has the potential to reach hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Hence we must do all we can to ensure that our children’s reputation remains intact and their safety is most important.

There are new 21st century rules that are changing almost daily, and we must join in on their game.

Hi! My name is Purvi Tibrewala. I am a mother of two amazing kids. I am passionate about doing things differently. I believe that "You can Love Digital Media or you can Hate it....but surely you can't IGNORE it". I am a Social Media Manager. I love to create/write contents. This field gave me the opportunity to understand the need of making people aware of Social Media. Its pros, cons & how to use it effectively. I have equipped myself with quite a few recognition and credentials to coach & empower students, parents, educators in the digital age to harness the power of technology by using it appropriately, responsibly, respectfully and safely. My goal is to help prepare the young people in their lives to become wise users of the powerful technologies that are transforming everything about the way we learn, communicate, and interact!

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