What Parents Need to Remember When Monitoring Their Children’s Technology UsageArcPoint Strategy
There is a plethora of recommendations and advice for parents looking to teach their children how to safely use technology as well as monitor what they’re doing online. But when wading through all that information, Jennifer Dean, a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership, writes in the Wall Street Journal that there’s one important piece often overlooked by parents – the individuality of the child.
Each child responds differently to the stimuli of technology use. What works for one child may or may not work for another, even in the same family. That’s why it’s important for parents to have flexible tools that give them the choices they need to teach, monitor, and keep their children safe in today’s digital world — tools that can adapt as children age and their needs change.
In addition to making considered decisions about how and what to monitor of an individual child’s technology usage, parents need to use these tools to start conversations with their children about what is and isn’t appropriate in their life online. Eventually, children grow up and need to be able to take responsibility. Tools such as kodomo can help keep stricter control for younger children and allow for more self-regulation and responsibility as those children mature into managing their own digital lifestyle. It’s all about keeping our children, at any age, safe and giving parents peace of mind.