Whether we like it or not, you and I are pioneers in this brave new world of parenting in cyberspace. Answering questions our parents never had to deal with like; is my child too young to have a twitter account? When should I buy my kid his first ipod? And how much computer time is too much? Recently the youngest know ipad addict – a 4 year old girl from the UK, started psychiatric treatment to help her overcome her addiction.
And now there’s a new condition called FOMO – described in the Urban Dictionary as ‘Fear of Missing Out.’ It’s got us all facebooking, tweeting and instagramming within an inch of our lives. All for the sake of ‘staying in touch.’ Here’s the story below…
So how do you keep your virtual life from infringing on your real life? And as a parent, how do you ensure your kids have a healthy break from technology when it seems like that would require minor surgery? Maybe it’s time for a Digital Detox.
Here are 5 tips for avoiding Technology Addiction…
- Where possible, keep computers in the lounge room or other public area so you can keep an eye on what’s going on ‘online.’
- Keep mealtimes sacred – ie technology free. Turn off tv, put phones on silent and enjoy some good old-fashioned conversation.
- Enforce daily outdoor activity. Even if it’s walking the dog around the block. You’ll all feel better for it.
- Do a quick sum in your head of how much ‘face-to-face’ conversation you’ve had with your kids today and make sure you add 5 more minutes tomorrow.
- One Saturday, just for the fun of it, have a ‘technology free’ day and stop to smell the roses. That’s how Saturdays used to be back in the old days, before twitter.