Make Raising Smart Tech Users a Goal for 2016

Jan 21, 2016

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Net Nanny's goal for 2016 is to guide parents on how to have conversations with their child about good digital habits. We want parents to balance their conversations about the dangers of the Internet with the positive role that technology can play in our lives. Children and teens respond much better when they are taught and told how to use something appropriately, verses constantly being told NO.

Our hope is that you will join us in our goal to make children smart tech users. We want to teach our children to take advantage of all the positive educational and entertainment opportunities available online today. As well as, to use technology in a positive and safe way so they can be a part of the viral world that is full of world-class resources and connected learning. If appropriate limits and boundaries are not introduced to your child, you run the risk that your child will most likely encounter problems such as cyberbullying, time management issues, and accidental exposure to explicit content. 

Teach collaboration and creativity- Instead of focusing on cyberbullying and being a passive social media consumer, highlight the great opportunities the Internet has to offer. Teach them how to appropriately express themselves through creativity and be a constructive contributor.

Support schools and teachers- Many schools have introduced individual devices such as Chrome Books and iPads for the students to use.The amount of screen time children are getting can be worrisome for some parents; however parents should embrace this concept. Understand (and help your child see) that these methods will prepare them with necessary digital skills for future jobs and the rest of their lives.

It’s the 21st century, and technology is here to stay. Show your children how they can thrive by using the resources available. Kids should be presented with all the great opportunities that are obtainable but also have appropriate time limits set on screen time to minimize digital distractions.Click here for more information on how to use Net Nanny to set appropriate time limits. Visit the Learning Center for more resources.

We hope you will join us on our journey to raise the next generation of smart tech users by developing these essential digital skills.

 

 ** Source:" Teach Positive Tech Use in 2016," HuffingtonPost.com