Today’s parents face a challenge that their own parents never had to: how to support children online. What are the ground rules? How do you discuss screen time and use with little ones and teens?
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▪ A tablet with English learning apps.
● Colouring books and pens.
◊ Nothing special. If she makes a fuss there’s always YouTube.
▪ You save these photos in a virtual album for later.
* You send some photos to your family by instant message.
● You call your loved ones.
◊ You immediately post the videos on social media.
▪ Download educational content.
* Introduce some ground rules: no smartphone at the dinner table, for example.
● Restrict all access to devices.
◊ No particular steps.
▪ They can only access educational content… well, I think.
* Yes, they tell me what they’re doing and we discuss it.
● Yes, I monitor their use through specific tools.
◊ Not really.
▪ They are always looking for more entertainment content.
* It’s an activity like any other for them.
● They connect in secret.
◊ As soon as they wake up, they reach for their phone or tablet.
▪ Offer a wealth of learning opportunities.
* Are just one of many educational and entertainment tools.
● Are a challenge to parental authority.
◊ Are tools for autonomy.
▪ I only use it for information, work and learning.
* I try to disconnect occasionally, even if it’s difficult!
● I use it a lot, and then I feel guilty!
◊ Thinking about it I have to admit I’m never without it.