Vanessa thought she had a handle on it all, juggling work and home life in admirable fashion, until she overheard her children one evening: “We can’t ask mom, she’s on the computer again.” “She’s always working. She never wants to play with us.” “Let’s hide her smartphone.” And the guilt sets in.
Parenting in the digital age is no different than ‘regular’ parenting and one of the first things that a parent must do is to note the contact information for emergency (online) services, just like you do in the offline world. What parent doesn’t know the emergency number to call for firefighters or police?
I won’t give you a lecture on what age is the appropriate age for purchasing a mobile phone for your child, but I will point you to a fantastic resource where you can ask yourself the following questions posed by Common Sense Media..
Research is not conclusive on the effects of screens on child development, so err on the side of caution and find balance for screens in the life of your child. Too much screen time may damage the brain, inhibit the ability to recognize emotions, and affect child development. More tips like this in my free 58 page Guide to Digital Parenting no matter what your child's age! Link in bio
I wanted to draw your attention to a word that’s been buzzing the net: “oversharenting.” Oversharenting has been getting such attention that it has “approval pending” status on Collins online dictionary with the following definition: “Sharing intimate details about your children on social media. The practice can begin before birth with ultrasound images posted to Facebook and extend to faux first person Twitter feeds sure to cause adolescent embarrassment.”