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July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
May 05, 2016
Summer is right around the corner and many parents are worried about how much time their children will spend online over summer break. In an ideal world, our kids would be out frolicking in the grass, climbing trees, playing tag, and playing board games all day long…never asking for the tablet. However, today that’s clearly not what our children want to do 24-7.
The good news is, you’re not alone in this challenge. First realize that you aren’t the worst parent in the world for allowing your child a few hours of screen time (see My kids use their tablet and I’m not sorry). Fortunately, there are many benefits to the enormous amounts of educational tools available on line today (much different than the days when I binge watched hours of MTV) but I think we can all agree that boundaries for online usage are a necessity for raising children today. The question becomes, how do we do this without getting into the dreaded battles all parents face when telling their kids they have to get off their tablet or phone?
Instead of engaging in an argument or battle, rise above the challenge by providing ground rules that are reasonable. Let go of the anger and embrace technology using a realistic, healthy approach.
Once these difficult conversations have taken place, guidelines have been established, and monitoring tools are being utilized, you can rest assured knowing that your kids will have a healthy dose of screen-time this summer.