There are so many negative comments about how social media and too much technology isn't good for us, however, used wisely the tech world can be a very positive thing. Here are just a few things to help you keep you and your kids tech time positive.
Be a Good Example - Set goals for yourself that you want your kids to follow. If you don't want them checking their phones while you are having a conversation, don't do that to them as well. If you want a device free dinner, keep yours put up first. Anything you are seen doing, most likely your kids will do as well. So keep your usage in check. ***Tip: Teach transparency by being transparent. Let them know when you are just scrolling through Facebook or texting about work. The more you share, they more likely they will share as well.
Teaches Learning and Creativity - The internet can give such great access to all sorts of things that they might be interested in. It is a great tool to learn something new, even by watching videos on YouTube. If they are posting their opinions, it teaches them how to curate information that will keep other engaged which will be helpful in school and in their future careers. But, of course, keep an eye on what they post. Teach them never to post something they wouldn't say in person and to keep all private information, private. There are also plenty of digital apps that help teach learning as well. Google can give you a wealth of information that you can use to teach your kids. ***Tip: Keep an eye on what their newsfeed is posting as well. Sometimes length of time on social media isn't as important as what they are reading on social media.
Use it to Help Your Community - Teach your kids how to use the internet and social media to help their church and community. Kids can learn to post things to help their school groups and clubs as well, and to even to mobilize their friends into action if needed. ***Tip: This is also a good way to bring up bullying and damage it can cause. If you show them how to help someone online instead of hurt them, they will be more motivated to keep doing good.
Keeps Your Family Connected - Using social media and the internet can help keep your family connected. If you live far from your kids' grandparents, they can still get to know them through Facetime and instant messaging and email. The connection can even be kept strong enough for daily conversations and check ins. As kids grow up and leave home, it's a way they can feel safe & protected and can ask questions quickly and easily and still be on their own. If used properly, their cell phones, tablets and computers can keep them communicating with you and other members of their family when instances occur that make face to face communication difficult. ***Tip: Keep using technology in a positive and a connected way and your kids will continue to do the same.