CMIS believes that children should have a healthy work life balance. A healthy lifestyle is a balance between academic work, technology, friendships, family, and play. Here are suggested tips and strategies to help parents monitor and support their children’s technology use.
Tips and Strategies for Responsible Technology Use
- Model the same behavior you want your child to exhibit.
- Educate yourself with what technology your child regularly uses (Devices, social media, gaming, educational tools). Look through your child’s browser history together to identify time wasters or possible threatening websites.
- Schedule specific tech time: Make common rules regarding tech use with your child. Ask your child for input on what is reasonable and justified. Designate tech free time at night and or during the weekends.
- Set boundaries: Keep tech usage in common areas of the house, do not let children sleep with their devices, utilize parental controls on personal devices. Use a filter on the home router, such as opendns.
- Talk to your child about internet safety and their “Digital Footprint”. Sync your child’s account to yours and have access to their account on your device. Look at their Powerschool, email, and Google Classroom together. Know your child's usernames & passwords.
- Reference websites that offer information for parents regarding social media, entertainment, and tech management. (Commonsense.org, cisa.gov, consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting-kids-online, ect.). Communicate with other parents to share strategies.
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