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TOO YOUNG FOR A CELL PHONE? PARENTING, CHILDREN AND MEDIA USAGE

Parents feel overwhelmed with fear of the benefit tech might hold for their families, yet they don’t fully trust that electronic devices and apps are designed or marketed with children’s best interests in mind. Often times, parents are always anxious about the changes taking place in the world because of technology and this leaves them in constant fear of what might happen to their kids. This made them to slowly try to figure ways on how to control the technology to meet their personal values and needs rather than being controlled by it.

Kathie Kanavel says, “Digital citizenship is really important for 21st-century skills because being a 21st-century citizen means that you can collaborate and communicate, and you need to do that not only with the people you face but also those that you encounter in the digital world.”

Usage of Mobile Phones Differ
Phones aren’t simply for phone calls but for listening to music, sending texts, filming videos, snapping and sharing photos, and accessing the Internet. Children use their computers, to do their homework, and also use them to socialize, stream videos, created movies and songs, they can communicate or connect 24/7 from just about any location with their families and friends and it can be helpful in times of need.

Facts About Internet Usage.
• Information is shared instantly, and anonymity and distance separate actions and consequences. Kids might think because they cannot instantly see the consequence of their actions so they can get away with unacceptable behaviors online.
• Everything happens in front of an invisible and anonymous audience.
• Once something is out there, it doesn’t go away. Everything leaves a footprint.
• It is highly recommended that parents use media as a teaching tool, a way to connect and create instead of just to consume.

Advice For Parents: Children are constantly connected to mobile use and the very nature of their constantly connected culture means kids must understand the concept of privacy so that what they post and create won’t hurt them or embarrass them at some point down the line. Much of the tasks of childhood involve figuring out who they really are. But in digital life, anything said or posted can live on indefinitely and create undesired reputations. It is important to know that whatever information shared online cannot be controlled and once it’s there it cannot be changed and even if it’s deleted, it still on other’s hands those who have saved it.
They should be taught that using media means more than just entertainment, more than just going online to check videos and pictures of their friends and commenting on pages and groups. Parents should bear in mind that media can also involve connecting with others: Video chatting, for example, is fine at any age, although children need their parents’ help to understand it. Another great use is for creating and learning together perhaps during family time. Letting the child take photos and record videos or songs, as well as looking up craft ideas. Parents should learn to be comfortable with their children’s use of media.

Don’t be Influenced
Since their eyes cannot be covered by internet usage, parents need to teach them how to see and how to behave responsibly. Parents should not feel the pressure to introduce their children to technology early in life for the sake of seeking a competitive advantage, maybe a friend’s child already has a smartphone, they shouldn’t be compelled to get one for their children till they feel it’s the right time.

Keep an Open Mind.
We don’t see the world the way our kids do. We don’t help our kids when we judge their lives through the lens of a non-digital world. It’s important for us to understand that our kids will spend their lives in a connected world where everyone participates in communication and creation.
But parents have to be sure kids know how to be safe and responsible before letting them loose. Kids need to see both the possibilities and the disadvantages so they can act responsibly and seize all that is wondrous and have it enriched their lives as people and citizens.

Be a Good Teacher
make your children understand that the web is a place to learn and gain things. Keep their focus only on a good place over the web where they can learn good things.
Today, the engagement of children with technology is more in this digital world, and most of them do not make a right choice, in fact, they don’t really know what they are doing and what is its effect. Therefore, digital citizenship lessons are mandatory for children.

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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