Parenting In The Age Of Technology
In today’s world where the Internet is a mainstream tool used by people of all ages, many parents have troubles parenting in the age of technology, setting guidelines and are unsure how to adequately protect their children from the hazards that access to the internet can pose. In this video segment Joe Rich, M.S.W, R.S.W provides excellent guidance to parents on how to establish fair and productive limits with your children for using the Internet.
Joe encourages parents to spend time online to familiarize themselves with the digital medium and participate in social media to develop a clear appreciation of how each platform works. In order to really understand how digital communities operate and to be aware of both their risks and benefits, parents need to engage with Facebook, Twitter, etc. on a first hand basis.
Time spent in front of Computer and TV screens should have a combined weekly limit so that children are encouraged to have life balance. The period spent in front of a screen, regardless of its size, should have boundaries. Children should understand that there is a capped amount of screen time each week.
Part of establishing equilibrium at home within a family dynamic is also implementing a ‘tech free’ zone. Whether it’s no phones or devices at the dining table, or in the kitchen, these are important rules for families to establish.
Another vital suggestion Joe Rich covers as it relates to the use of technology is privacy. Children should not be granted complete privacy to their online usage. Parental guidance, including site restriction and supervision is an absolute must.
Technology is an amazing resource that we have at our fingertips today. You can safely enjoy it with your family by establishing safe, healthy habits.
Joe Rich has practiced social work for over 25 years. He has continued to provide counselling services for individuals, couples/relationships and families while building a strong presence in the media, mental health, camping and corporate communities as a trainer, educator, presenter and consultant for service delivery.
Joe is the author of Parenting: The Long Journey (Wiley and sons, 2006) and publishes regularly on line on a variety of topics. He is well respected for his empowering “figure it out and fix it” approach to relationships which has allowed him to assist others in moving towards healthy and long-term solutions to some of the day-to-day problems and issues faced in navigating through the realities of family and work life.
Throughout the years Joe has become a sought after keynote and conference presenter, entertaining and educating lay and professional audiences.
Joe is currently best known for his ongoing role as regular guest relationship and family therapist on The Marilyn Denis Show (City TV) and Last Chance For Romance (Global TV).