People today cannot survive without the internet, smartphones and other gadgets. They cannot imagine what the world would be like without technology. But if you didn’t have a choice but to be offline like the people in Egypt didn’t have access to the internet for a whole five months you would be just okay after a while.
The reliance on technology is affecting children too. You’ll find that children are unable to complete small tasks or go about their day without whining about wanting their tablets or smartphones.
Parents have become guilty of the amount of time they allow their children to spend on the internet and as a result, their children are becoming tech addicts.
Here are some tips from Melbourne Child Psychology that a parent can implement to save their children from becoming tech addicts:
Do not take the internet away completely
Kids love playing video games, spending time on Tik Tok and Youtube. It will not make sense from allowing them to access these platforms any time they wanted to, to suddenly taking it away. This transition will seem much more difficult and more like a punishment to them rather than working towards their best interests. Instead, start working on slowly reducing their screen time, rather than eliminating it.
Set some boundaries
Before, the kids did all they wanted on the internet, whenever they wanted to without any restrictions. Now is the time to set these boundaries like setting a daily screen-time limit and ‘no screen-time zones’ (like during family time or before bed). There are apps these days that can set timers on your childs phone like, Breakfree, FamiSafe and Unglue.