Technology has changed the way we learn, communicate, and interact with others. Adults and children dedicate several hours each day to their mobile phones, televisions, computers, and gaming devices.
Through technology, parents have access to several tools to help in educating and entertaining kids. The internet has become a good resource from which you can easily access vital information.
Additionally, technology is helpful for children whose parents live in different homes. It increases communication and helps parents stay in touch with the child outside their parenting time. However, while technology has its advantages, the demerits can be a disaster for kids and families.
Children as young as five are already familiar with the digital world, especially with the introduction of remote schooling. As they grow older, they will become involved with social media. However, the internet and social networking platforms have exposed kids to online bullies, scammers, predators, and explicit information.
Thus, technology use among children is a topic of concern for parents. It becomes a source of dispute for parents who have differing opinions. For instance, how much screen time is appropriate? Should the child even have access to the internet and certain electronic devices at their age?
This conflict is even worse for divorced parents trying to find consistency between two homes. While one parent wants to bridge the communication gap, the other might feel that the risks far outweigh the benefits. These disputes make one parent seem like the "bad guy" and the other the "fun parent", negatively affecting the parent-child relationship.
Another source of concern is how parents' use of technology interferes with parenting. Sometimes, even after getting home from work, you might still receive critical work emails. Then some social media notifications never stop buzzing.
While running through emails and social updates, you may not realize that your child needs your attention. When they can't communicate with you, they’ll find answers elsewhere. You're likely to discover that several kids stay glued to their smartphones because of a lack of parental attention.
Sometimes, a child's foray into the scary internet world might be the parent's use of technology interfering with their parenting responsibilities. When technology blurs the line between work, social life, and family time, it can negatively impact parenting and affect the child.
Parents must find ways to balance technology use and family time. You'll need to set boundaries on how often you're engaged on your devices so that you can give your kids sufficient attention.
Similarly, you'll need to place a cap on your kids' online activities. For instance, you can limit screen time by banning devices at specific periods or places in the home. You can also add parental controls or restrict some apps on their devices. When you know what your children are up to online, you can keep them from harming themselves.
Parenting doesn't look the same as it was several decades ago. With the growth in technology, the interaction between parents and children has changed. While electronic devices, social media, and the internet have their merits, they can negatively impact parenting in several ways.Whether it's a single-family unit or a co-parenting situation, parents will need to work together to improve their parent-child relationship. At the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny, we're knowledgeable and experienced in handling any overwhelming family crisis. Call us today for a private consultation or email us via our contact form today.