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We are living in an increasingly technological world.  It has become nearly impossible to function these days without a mobile device…but are we letting that dependence get out of control?  When you consider the fact that, according to recent surveys, over half of all children under 10 are using social media sites on a regular basis, it would seem that the answer is a resounding yes.


The truly disturbing part of this scenario is that more and more parents are relying on technology not just as a means of communicating or doing business, but also as a babysitter.  It used to be that the go to choice for distracting an overactive toddler was parking them in front of the TV.  Now it seems, we’ve graduated to handing them an iPad or smart phone and letting it do the job of occupying their minds.


But when you’re talking about a device that has access to the Internet that can be a dangerous habit to get into.  It’s more than just preventing your child from getting enough physical exercise or interpersonal communication, the worry now is about allowing them to access social media sites, some of them not intended for the very young.


While the Internet can be an extremely useful educational tool, as with most things in life it is not without its drawbacks.  The Internet is basically one large community filled with all sorts of people and you need to be aware of exactly who your child is interacting with.  As a parent, it’s up to you to keep your little one safe from danger, whether online or off.


Of course, it’s not all negative.  There are actually some websites, like WebKinz and Whyville, that cater specifically to very young children. These sites can be perfectly fine for your child to use in moderation and can be a safe way of getting children used to the realities of adult social media, which they will invariably encounter sooner or later.


The best way to ensure that your child is staying safe and not becoming addicted to technology is by limiting the amount of time your child spends online.  That means not using the Internet as an easy answer when you’re busy or your child is bored.  Even though there may be tantrums when you take away the device, in the end you can rest easy knowing that you are doing the right thing for your child!


It’s hard to set those limits when we adults are so addicted to our devices, but as with most things in life we teach best by example.  So rather than giving in to tantrums or turning to technology as a quick fix, perhaps you’d be better served by taking a step back from it every now and then and having a little face-to-face family time.  Social media will become a regular part of their lives eventually, but it shouldn’t be happening before they’ve even reached kindergarten!

Black and white photograph of a little girl about 2 or 3 years old sitting from behind on a dock by the water with her little brother and her right arm is around his neck.

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PEW INTERNET.ORG
“Social media is broadly viewed as a source of useful information and as one parenting tool among a collection of options. Mothers use it as a parenting resource slightly more often than fathers.

While a large share of parents find value in social media as a general information resource, fewer say they come across useful parenting information while using social media. At the same time, one-in-four say they get support from their networks for parenting issues, and mothers who use social media are more than three times as likely as fathers to say they get support..
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/07/16/parents-and-social-media/

Toddlers in Trouble

It used to be that the go to choice for distracting an overactive toddler was parking them in front of the TV.  Now it seems, we’ve graduated to handing them an iPad or smart phone and letting it do the job of occupying their minds.

ARTICLES | BY K.K.BROWN

JUNE 2, 2017

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