8 Examples Of Tech-Healthy Families : Raising Digitally Smart Kids

Recently updated on March 17th, 2024 at 06:34 pm

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There’s no denying that children are growing up in a world surrounded by technology. As parents, the concern about addiction and exposure to inappropriate content online is always present. However, outright banning the use of technology does not equip our children with the necessary digital skills they need. In this article, I will share examples of strategies you can employ to foster a tech-healthy family environment

Here are some examples of what tech-healthy families do:

1. The families are digitally aware.

It is not important to know how to code or even to know how the tech industry works.

But it is crucial to be updated on what is happening in the digital world.

For instance, knowing the updates on the apps your kids use. It is good to have a general level of literacy on aspects of tech that affects your family.

Here are some sites that keep you updated on the digital world : 

Smart Social

Internet Matters

Protect Young Eyes

2.  The Families Set Rules

Many of the families set rules and boundaries with device use. For instance, agreeing on a smartphone contract before giving out a mobile phone to their kids.

Rules include when and where devices can be used. For example, no devices in the bedroom among many other rules.

It is important to set clear expectations from the beginning to help children develop a good tech balance.

Children’s online safety book- For 3 -10 years old

3.  Families communicate regularly

Build a trusting relationship with your kids so you can talk to them just about anything including their online lives.

Keep in mind that if your kids are having social interaction online it means that they have an online life and it is always good to know who they are chatting too.

This should be done with their consent and without invading their privacy.

Make the time and space for a screen-free evening where you can talk to your kids without any interruption.

4.  Allow your kids to make mistakes

Your kids are bound to make some mistakes even online. For example, they could have accidentally given personal information online, clicked on the wrong site, or post things on social media without realizing the consequences of it.

Teach your kids accountability for the mistakes they make. 

More importantly Provide them with critical thinking skills by offering a list of questions they should consider while browsing online, look at the poster below. 

internet safety children

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5. The families have fun with technology

Make the most out of technology by choosing the right activities with your kids. For example, you can play video games together as a family.

Enhance their interest and build curiosity with tech. Allow your kids to play and create things online.

Do check out the list below for options.

6.  Families find balance with technology

These families are not controlled by their devices. They allow screen-free evenings or weekends with their children. They spend quality time as family in nature or while having a meal.

Technology is part of their lives but it is not the centre of it.

You can read more about screen-free meals here.

Related : Read about finding the right screen balance for your home.

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7.  Families use technology positively

They use technology for a good purpose. For instance, to connect with friends, share thoughts and get information.

They encourage kids to not be passively consuming content rather to actively be engaging with technology. For example, encouraging them to create things online, video editing, and many more.

Many families use technology to live a healthier life and to be more productive at work.

8. Families are not scared of technology

Due to the positive mindset they have with technology they are not afraid of it controlling their lives.

Families are aware of how to manage their devices. They also keep up with the latest digital trends so they can keep educating their children.

Many of the families speak about internet safety issues with their kids. The purpose is not to build fear in children but to teach them about the good and the bad side of technology.

Don’t forget to check out the growth-mindset kit made to help kids overcome anxiety.

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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

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