10 Tips for Parenting in Digital Age

Feb 24, 2017
Today, children are digital natives. Parents play a critical role in ensuring that children inculcate a healthy approach to media, technology and society. Here are a few tips that could help parents bring up good digital citizens... 
  1. Plan your child’s digital media and technology usage
  2. Set limits and encourage playtime. Unstructured and offline play stimulates creativity. Make unplugged playtime a daily priority.
  3. Set screen-free zones, like dining table/kitchen, prayer room.
  4. Set screen-free times like during meals, one hour before bedtime, etc.
  5. Select diverse media to promote interaction, connection and creativity, like watching movies together on VoD services for shared experiences, playing video games together for bonding, Video messaging for connecting with relatives, etc.
  6. Balance off-line and online time. Explain the benefits of face-to-face and real life communication with family, friends and teachers and interactions, and encourage activities such as reading books, playing in the open with friends and imaginative play to ensure all-round development.
  7. Talk to children about being good ‘digital citizens’ and make them aware of threats like cyber-bullying and proper ways to use social media.
  8. Explain and follow digital safety rules such as reviewing privacy settings, not sharing personal information and not sharing private photos online.
  9. Encourage children to eat healthy, exercise regularly and get proper sleep.
  10. Be a good role model. Teach and model kindness and good manners online. Because children are great mimics, limit your own media use.