How to be parents of a digital native and succeed according to Harvard
New technologies have changed everything. Not only communications or leisure forms, but even the parents' curriculum. Now, every parent must master digital skills to be able to educate their children well, those who are born surrounded by devices with an internet connection that opens the doors of an online world that has numerous risks that must be prevented.
To deal with this situation, Harvard offers parents a series of keys to be a good father of a digital native. Several tips to ensure that the smallest of the house take full advantage of the potential of new technologies and use them responsibly. A way to accompany your children as in any other matter.
Being a father in the digital age
Children today grow up in an environment full of technologies that can be very useful if they are used correctly. To achieve this, Harvard University proposes these tips to the parents of these children:
- Treat new technologies like any other element in the children's lives. Parents should also want to know what their children do online, just as they are interested in their activity in class or with their friends. And just as there are rules about behavior at school and with your peers, you must also have rules about life on the net.
- Set limits and encourage other activities. It is recommended to impose reasonable limits that do not restrict the use of new technologies but that do not translate into abuse. It is also important that children rest from time to time on new technologies and learn to live in the real world that surrounds them.
- Families that play together learn together. Parents should accompany their children when using new technologies. Instead of using media as a babysitter, you have to use them as a way to have fun and learn together.
- Be a good role model. If the father spends all day connected to his phone, tablet, computer all the time, the message that is sent to the child is not the best.
- Show the value of face-to-face communication. Personal interaction in the physical world is crucial for relationships and mental health. New technologies can help to maintain contact with distant relatives, but at home always better face to face.
- Create zones and moments without technology. Sometimes technology can interfere with everyday activities such as studying, sleeping or eating. Therefore, places like the bedroom or the room where you study must be free of these technologies unless they are essential to find information.
- Do not use technology as an "emotional pacifier". If the child has a tantrum, you have to calm him down by talking and never giving him a device with an internet connection to calm him down. In this way, it will be avoided that each time the child wants to access online content mount the shtick.
- Learn about the recommended content. Parents should be aware of the materials their children can handle and never allow them to install applications without first being informed about their content.
- Teach to be a good "digital citizen" and to be responsible. Online time should not leave offline activities and relationships aside. In their use of platforms such as chats and social networks, they must be friendly and polite. Never use anonymity to insult others and of course remember privacy.
- Children will make mistakes. Just like when you learn to walk, ride a bicycle or any other field, here too they will fall and parents should encourage them to try again.