Have you ever wondered if your parents had an easier job parenting compared to you? Was it as hard to parent in the past? As we have discussed previously in this article, the shift in parenting mindsets is obvious. There used to be a clearer hierarchy between parent and child. Respect was expected of a child to any adult, any disobedience would result in an immediate punishment. These days, however, many parents struggle to maintain this hierarchy. Perhaps relational parenting has taken a front seat while authoritarian parenting is deemed less acceptable.
Expectations of parents have also heightened with access to technology and more information. There are endless comparisons to be made and the quality of care is dictated not by personal choice but by the best options available. There is an increasing pressure to “parent the right way”. Apart from extra responsibilities such as ensuring emotional and physical health, parents must think of many other aspects such as good education, quality enrichment, positive relationships and the use or misuse of screen time. Merely providing shelter, food and education is not deemed adequate parenting anymore.
These days, toddlers glued to screens have also become a common sight. Tweens communicate via emojis and messaging platforms are used even when everyone is at the same location. An added dimension is now present in the lives of our children. Has technology complicated matters?
Our grandparents did not witness such difficulties when raising our parents since the digital world had not yet begun. The activities of children were visible then, as they were “hanging out” with other children at homes or playgrounds. This contrasts sharply with the sometimes “invisible” world the child is spending much more time in these days. Today’s child is more vulnerable to cyberbullies, scammers, groomers, most of whom cannot be easily spotted, and some of these attacks happen in the confines of their own home. Even homes cannot be completely safe havens anymore.
However, saying no to all screens might not be possible in today’s context. Schools increasingly include the use of “Information & Communications Technology” and even pre-schools use many mobile devices as learning aids. How do we then cross this hurdle never experienced by parents of past generations?
In reality, parenting rules have not changed. Parents want the best for their children. We want our children to be safe and protected. We want to nurture our children in the best ways possible. At the end of the day, whichever parenting method parents choose, it is always for their own good. Different methods are used in different eras. We have always strived to protect our children from negative influences and harmful habits. Similarly, this extends to the online spaces. How do we safeguard our children from “groomers”? Can we limit screen time without drama? How can we encourage healthy media habits? While today’s generation is immersed in the digital world, parents can make use of the same medium to manage media usage and inculcate the same values our parents taught us.
The online world is just an unfamiliar environment, as with other new experiences our children face. The same parenting rules apply to both real and virtual environments. Set limits and communicate expectations frequently, be involved and know what is happening in every environment. With Tittle, this will set the foundations right, help our children strike a healthy balance of device usage and keep them safe online.
Tittle for Parents is a smart parenting app that promotes safe browsing for children, sets limits on mobile screens and facilitates a balanced lifestyle. We can use technology to ease our load as parents! There are three key areas Tittle offers to make digital parenting easier:
Understand your child’s mobile activities
What games are they playing? Which social media sites are they on? Who are they interacting with? How much data and how long are they spending on each app? Understanding these will allow you to make decisions on what apps they can use and how much data access they should get.
Be a step ahead of your children’s mobile data consumption by imposing a daily, weekly or monthly limit. Communicate these expectations frequently.
Protect your children with effective online measures
We hope our child learn to discern right from wrong and make the right decisions independently. But, children being children, will unavoidably make mistakes and so we are there to guide and protect them.
Sometimes, kids browse inappropriate content online either intentionally or otherwise. Having access to your children’s web browsing activity on Tittle’s custom browser helps you to identify the content they have been viewing and allows you to block out the undesirable ones, minimizing the risk of viewing inappropriate content. This is an important safeguard especially for the young and impressionable.
Children in the teenage years especially, are under immense peer pressure and easily swayed to make foolish decisions. They may sneak out of school during lessons or visit the shopping mall without your permission. This is when the “Location” and “Geofencing” functions come in handy. Have peace of mind knowing where to locate your child at any time with access to real-time updates of their location and get notified when they step in to the landmarks you stipulate. This is extremely helpful when your teenager decides to stay out late and is uncontactable! After-school activities, playdates, extra classes – ensure your child is at the right place at the right time with location tracking.
Teach kids about responsibility and reasonable device use
The goal in managing access to mobile apps and setting time limits to device use is not just about minimizing usage. It is about teaching our children how to use it right. Media usage and screen time has to be appropriate and beneficial. Otherwise, usage that spins out of control can result in unhealthy addictions.
Use Tittle to teach your children about moderating their use and enforce healthy usage. Obsession can result in distractions from schoolwork or disruptions in daily routines, possibly even negative physical effects such as myopia or text claws.
Parenting today is certainly different from parenting in the previous generations. Methods engaged in the past may not be so effective in today’s context. Hence, it is important that parental guidance begin at the youngest age possible. The many functions of Tittle are designed to help parents strike a balance between discipline, control and education. Ultimately, they help today’s parents cope with the changing digital landscape, and in turn, teach their children healthy concepts of digital citizenship so that both parent and child benefit from the digital era.
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