As a homeschool mom, I feel that TECHNOLOGY… is such a blessing from God! It has opened doors in my childrens’ education that would never have been there 10 years ago. One of my favorite blogs, The Busy Mom, had a guest blogger, Debra Bell, sharing this exact idea, “Trending Now: 21st Century Homeschooling.”
Along with this great blessing comes a great responsibility. As parents, we have to learn how to navigate in this technological world. We don’t have the luxury of previous generations paving the way for us. It’s up to us to be diligent and proactive when it comes to our children and technology.
Daily the news has examples of how technology has been used negatively. But, instead of being fearful or uninformed, I try to educate myself so that I can make the wisest decisions as possible.
These are some of the boundaries that we have set with our children:
- Having a cell phone is a privilege not a right. It can be taken away.
- Text messages are only deleted by parents.
- All texting need to be respectful.
- Parents can read text messages at any time. (My children freely share this rule with their friends to encourage “positive’ texting.)
- No cell phones during dinner time or family time.
- While using technology, if someone talks to you, stop and give them your full attention!
- Cell phones are off 1/2 hour before bed time.
- All apps need to be approved before they are downloaded.
- Computers and smart phones need to be in common areas, not in bedrooms etc…
Do you have a 10 to finish our list? What are some things that have worked and or haven’t worked in your family regarding technology?
As our children grow and technology changes, we will modify the boundaries to fit our family. All of our children are different, so, our boundaries are different depending on the child.