Reward, Educate, Occupy: Using Technology as Parenting Tool
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By Alexis Lauricella
The universe of parenting has changed. In 1980, relatives had home phones though responding machines, televisions though remote controls, cars though screens, and maybe if they had comparison children they owned an Atari video diversion console. Today, toddlers tell relatives to “Google it” when they can’t answer one of their million “why” questions, there are 24-hour wire channels combined only for infants and toddlers, video diversion systems that review your physique movements, and people lift mini-computers (smartphones) in their pockets that concede them to call friends, email co-workers, hunt a Internet, and download age-appropriate games for their child to play on a go.
The technological bang has impacted us all, though how has it shabby parents? This was a categorical doubt behind a nationally deputy consult of some-more than 2,300 relatives of children underneath age 8. In a news patrician Parenting in a Age of Digital Technology, that was expelled on Jun 4, we examined a sum and intricacies of parenting immature children in an age in that record and media are increasingly mobile, accessible, and constantly available.
This consult famous that children spend estimable amounts of time with media including television, computers, and mobile inclination and rather than focusing only on child shade time, this consult sought to know a purpose of a relatives in formulating a home media sourroundings in that children are being lifted today.
Three categorical commentary from this study:
- In contrariety to a popular press picture that mobile record is a new drug used to ease and still down children, a consult shows that relatives currently have a operation of collection during their ordering and other collection are used some-more mostly than mobile technologies. Parents are some-more expected to use toys or activities (88%), books (79%), and TV (78%) when they need to keep children assigned than mobile media inclination like smartphones or iPads (37% among those who have one).
- Parents have encyclopedias full of information during their fingertips, storybooks on their Kindles, and a preference of games in their pocket, nonetheless for many relatives media is not their series one concern, it is not something that they mostly have family dispute about, and many relatives contend new mobile inclination do not make parenting easier. Fewer relatives were endangered with a impact of media on their children generally compared to some-more tellurian issues like health, nutrition, and amicable romantic skills. Most relatives (70%) contend smartphones and tablets do not make parenting easier. Also, media use does not means family conflicts.
- Yes, immature children spend substantial amounts of time with shade media (see Common Sense Media, 2011), though so do their parents. And it seems that relatives of immature children might be sourroundings a theatre for a home media sourroundings that their immature children will grow adult in. Nearly 40% of families were “media centric“ families. These families have relatives who themselves devour an normal of 11 hours of shade media a day. Most of these relatives (80%) contend they are “very” or “somewhat” expected to use TV to keep their child assigned when they need to get something finished during home. Many children in these families (44%) have TVs in their bedroom and children spend an normal of 4.5 hours with shade media per day. In contrast, “media light” families include of relatives who spend reduction than dual hours per day with shade media. These families suffer examination TV or cinema together as a family “a lot” and are reduction expected to use TV when removing their child prepared for bed. Children in these families spend an hour and a half with media any day.
Yes, a universe that relatives primogenitor in is opposite from a one in that they grew up, though a bang in mobile record has truly turn an additional apparatus in their parenting repertoire not their catchall solution. This era of relatives grew adult with TVs, video diversion consoles, and some computers. They rest on a Internet, email, and mobile record to do their work and promulgate with others and they themselves are media users. Thus, their use expected sets a theatre for their children’s home media environment.
Parents are opposite currently and with any changing generation, relatives have to adjust and adjust to filigree their parenting behaviors and styles with a stream sourroundings their children are flourishing adult in. This consult starts to blemish a aspect during bargain a ways in that relatives primogenitor their immature children in a universe that is surrounded by digital technology.
Read a rest of a report [PDF] for many some-more in-depth details.
Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph. D. one of a co-authors of this study, is a Research Associate during a Center on Media and Human Development Northwestern University. Her investigate focuses on children’s training from media and parents’ and teachers’ attitudes toward and use of media with immature children. Dr. Lauricella is also a owner of PlayLearnParent, a website that translates child-development investigate for parents. This post creatively seemed on Joan Ganz Cooney Center.
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