Kids and Technology: Living in the Digital Age – Laura Kauffman, M.D., F.A.A.P.

It’s hard to imagine a time when an smart phone, tablet or laptop was not at our fingertips. It is inevitable that children of our generation will grow up with media in all aspects of their lives. In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some tips for managing the digital world with our children:

Treat media as you would any other environment in your child’s life:

Set limits; kids need and expect them. Know your children’s friends, both online and off. Know what platforms, software, and apps your children are using, where they are going on the web, and what they are doing online.

Set limits and encourage playtime:

Tech use, like all other activities, should have reasonable limits. Unstructured and offline play stimulates creativity. Make unplugged playtime a daily priority, especially for very young children.

Families who play together, learn together:

Family participation is also great for media activities—it encourages social interactions, bonding, and learning. Play a video game with your kids. It’s a good way to demonstrate good sportsmanship and gaming etiquette.

Be a good role mode:

Teach and model kindness and good manners online. And, because children are great mimics, limit your own media use.

For more tips and information, please visit:

healthychildren.org – Tips for Parents Digital Age

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