Teens Technology Gadgets
The three terms seem to be synonymous with one another. No matter where you are, there will be technology and gadgets.
Take it for what it’s worth, the world is different than when we were kids. I say that and laugh because I remember my Mom used to say that and I would just want to role my eyes and say “yeah – that was like a long time ago, Mom!”
It’s easier to look back now and see just how different my teen years were than my Mom’s. Now that I have teens, I have a whole new respect for the old “I used to walk up hill both ways in the freezing rain/snow to get to school” adage that has been around since – well, I don’t know but a long time….
Personally, I prefer sharing how hard it was having a phone that was actually attached to a wall, or a voice mail that had to be rewound in order to hear it. The one that really gets my kids is how “when I was growing up, we didn’t have air conditioning in the car or the house…”
Set Technology Rules
- Set a limit on what social media they are allowed to use (some social media is not intended for teens and leads to more trouble than it’s worth)
- Set a limit on how long they can chat, text, tweet, etc
- Set a time to ‘turn them off and turn them in’
- This keeps you from having to babysit and helps them learn time-management
- Set guidelines on what they should be looking at or receiving.
- This gets tricky and you may have to be the one to tell their friends you’re an ‘old fuddy duddy’ and you appreciate them honoring your requests, or they just won’t have any way of contacting your dear child.
- They are under 18 – you are the parent: read their texts, emails…
- of course you need to let them know you respect them. So, let them know you’re going to do it. It is best to do this in front of them so you can discuss what you are reading and seeing. (because someone else is always reading….)
- Hold yourself accountable for similar rules: don’t do the things you don’t want them doing
- Teach them to ‘rule the tool’ – that is what phones/gadgets are – they are tools.
- Do not let your kids always see you on/with your phones/gadgets all of the time
- Teach them the value of real life Face Time
- It is important for you to take a break too.
- Do not let your phone interrupt your family time and conversations
- Remember, you don’t want your children interrupting your conversations
- a phone can do the same thing between the calls, texts, tweets, etc
- Teach them that Social Media is a way to ‘brand’ themselves.
- Social media will do this anyway, so what brand does your teen want to have out there? What do they want their future spouses, bosses, colleges, etc to know/see?
Need a little inspiration? This quote from The 21 Balloons is a great one to hang on your wall:
“It seems strange to me that mechanical progress always seems to leave the slower demands of elegance far behind. With all of the peace and spare time on this lovely Island, why should any part of your lives be speeded up?”
Are you ready to take control and help your teens? I thought so and I’d love to hear how you handle technology and gadgets in your home.
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