Raising a Child in a World of Technology

In today’s world, technology is really the forefront of pretty much everything. People never leave home without their phone, they have a computer in almost every room, and most people spend countless daily hours on the internet. As a parent, these ideas can seem quite frightening. After all, the art of conversation is quickly dying due to texting, instant messaging, and social networking sites. So how does one raise a child appropriately when the entire world can be at their finger tips in a matter of seconds? How do you prepare someone so young for a world so vast and overwhelming?

One thing is for sure: You can not try to keep your child in the dark. While sheltering them from all signs of technology may seem like a good idea, all it’s going to do in the end is peak their curiosity. However, that doesn’t mean you should sit your kid down in front of the computer and say, “Have at it.” Depending on how young your child is and how broad their understanding of the world of computers is, you may want to watch over them to make sure that they’re not getting themselves into trouble. This means actually sitting down with them as they peruse the internet. Though life can be rather busy sometimes and you won’t always have the ability to sit and watch. And that is why parental controls will quickly become your best ally.
With your own attention and the monitoring abilities of your computer’s parental controls, you’re halfway to keeping your child out of the internet’s seediest corners. However, chances are that your kid is going to encounter either a cell phone or a computer at some point while unsupervised. Because of this, it’s important for you to have a conversation with them about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for them to do on the internet. As long as you treat them respectfully and show them a certain level of trust, they will do their best not to disappoint you.
While the internet can be a very dangerous and intimidating place, it’s also very important to understand that your child is going to be incredibly curious. And thus, if they do mess up and do something you’ve expressly warned them about, it’s crucial that you treat their disobedience with a certain level of understanding. If you simply jump down their throat, it’s very likely that they’ll return and repeat the mistake out of spite. With the right amount of understanding, trust, and discipline, you should be able to protect your child as best as possible from the more harmful effects of technology, while still allowing them to reap the benefits.