By Hilary Smith
Ready or not, the countdown to Christmas has already begun. We just have to wander through the aisles of our favorite stores to witness it. Fortunately, these early signs remind us the season is to start budgeting and planning of our upcoming celebrations. After all, you can make a lot of money, shopping, search deal. Suddenly, gifts is not as easy as it once was. Instead of the traditional views of confections, or requests for dolls or cars, our children are dreaming of packages filled with digital devices ranging from cell phones to tablets. Now is the perfect time to plan ahead and consider a few things before giving children digital devices this Christmas time.
5 things you should do before Gifting digital devices for children
As parents, we have to realize that cyberbullying and digital predators are a very real threat that our children face. In fact, 87 percent our children have witnessed or found cyberbullying. While those numbers are alarming, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to technology traps our children could find.
Therefore, before we fill our sons and middle daughters with digital devices, we need to ask the following questions to ensure that our children are mature enough to handle the responsibility that comes with the digital property
- Does my child have to take care of your belongings?
- Can my child use good judgment or display a mature reasoning?
- Will my child be able to understand the intricacies of the permanence of social media?
- Does my child understand how words can hurt?
- My son learned about social media label?
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After answering the questions above, you should have a better understanding if your child is ready to receive a digital device this coming holiday season.
Before a child develops its new device, consider implementing the following recommendations to help protect long after the decorations have been removed:
- do our research. We must be aware of the dangers lurking in common line and behind our favorite technologies. It is important educate so we can help teach our children to avoid problems.
- Create a technology contract for the family. sit down and write a plan that meets all expectations and the consequences for the use of technology. By doing this, you will be able to get everyone on the same page and avoid conflicts down the road.
- Teaching children the proper way to set your privacy settings. not assume that our children know how to protect their information and photos online. Sit and walk through the process.
- initiate discussion on the label of the media and taboo issues such as sexting, oversharing, and cyberbullying. Our children are constantly bombarded with inaccurate information from friends and the media. It is our duty to ensure they are getting the correct information and knowledge so that they can be empowered to make intelligent decisions.
- Consider using a monitoring program to keep track of use of technology of a child. This will allow access to a child’s cell phone or digital devices so you can see how they are behaving online and interact with others. As a child demonstrates the maturity and good judgment, you can slowly climbing to his presence.
- Develop a family rule about limiting digital devices to common living areas. By keeping the technology of bedrooms and bathrooms, the likelihood that a child will engage in risky behaviors is reduced. As an added benefit, you are also protecting your sleeping environment and give young people much needed downtime of technology.
Will be planning to gift your child a digital device? Why or why not?
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a freelance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no limits. After becoming a parent who now enjoys writing about family and issues related to parenting.