Did you hear about the forthcoming launch of Google Glass? How exciting. Just another piece of technology that can connect us to being further disconnected from one another.
Ok, maybe that was a bit harsh, but let’s remember Albert Einstein’s famous quote on technology: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” While maybe that is also a bit extreme, there is something to be said about the technology consumption of our youth today.
Too much time online, playing games, watching movies, texting and chatting, equates to less physical activity. While the stats on childhood obesity are well documented, at The Commons we also place an emphasis on how technology can impact the development of key foundational skills in children.
Person-to-person interactions require a high level of emotional management skills. As the digital era pulls our youth towards tech-driven communication, parents and teachers need to make sure that interpersonal communication is not neglected. Strengthening a child’s capacity for self-expression and their ability to take perspectives from others is important. Furthermore, conflict negotiation is most relevant in face-to-face circumstances.
With all this in mind, how do parents adjust to the rapidly changing social landscape of the modern world? What are some tips to encourage a more balanced lifestyle at home, while also encouraging healthier social and emotional development in your kids?
Try some of these suggestions:
Tech-Time OutMake sure there are boundaries within which technology is not acceptable, i.e. at the dinner table, during punishment, and/or the car ride home from school.
ModelingMake sure you are leading by example. If you want your kids to be less tech-needy, you need to be willing to turn the television off, put down your phone and close your laptop more often as well.
Monitor & ModerateMake sure you know how and when your children are using technology. Recognize scenarios within which your child would be better off communicating in person, and encourage them to do so by explaining the benefits of doing so.
Hopefully you’ll find these take-home-wellness tips to have positive effects. For more information on programs dedicated to social skills, stop by our center today.