Tag Archives: boundaries

Technology aside, connect and bond with your children

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We all crave those close moments with our children that make our hearts melt. Connection is as essential to us parents as it is to our children, because that’s what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices. That connection is also the only reason children willingly follow our rules. Kids who feel strongly connected to their […]

Your Child’s Better Than You When It Comes To Technology

older sister teaching the younger sibling

You may not know your upload from your download, but you can still be a great digital parent. Worried that your child knows more about tech than you do? Of course, they do. They were born into a digital world and probably learned to swipe before they could stand. For you, it’s different. You had to […]

Did Your Child Saw Something Obscene Online?

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If your child is online, it’s not a question of if they will see disturbing content. It’s a question of when. Suicide streamed live. Beheadings. Animal abuse. Violent pornography. The internet is a showcase for the best – and the very worst – of human behaviour. Just recently, TikTok hit the headlines with news that […]

Handling Digital Defiance

child is rude to parent, does not wish to hear her mother

Digital rules are a bit like smartphone screens. Sooner or later, they’re going to get smashed. The important thing is how you handle the repairs. What’s the right way to react when your child pushes back on the online boundaries you’ve set – or out-and-out defies your screen-time rules? It’s a situation virtually every digital […]

When is the right time for a phone?

dad confiscating the phone

It is good to weigh the pros and cons of a cellphone before purchasing one for your child. Then establish clear boundaries upfront. The phone would create opportunities for teens to have private conversations with anyone at any time, without accountability or adult oversight. Because of this, conversations and text messaging can easily become inappropriate. […]

Pornography Exposure

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I can still remember the first time I saw a pornographic image. I don’t merely remember when it happened but I remember what it looked like. That first image was about more than thirty years ago, and till today I still remember it vividly. That first image led to more images and a stronger pull […]

Gaming Addiction

mobile games addiction

A whopping 97% of 12-17 year-olds play video games, making it the most popular activity among teenagers. On any given day 60% of teenagers will play a video game in their home. With $12 billion dollars in video games, with sales come concerns that the excessive violence in many of the games leads to aggressive […]

Setting Tech Boundaries

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We all know what the idle mind of a twelve-year-old can become. When I was a pre-teen (without cable television), there was little time for idling in the summer. There were too many forts to be built, ballgames to be organized, and bike rides to the library for my mind to stop before it hit […]

Post Conversation Reflection

It is good to reflect on each of the conversations that happened. CURIOSITY? ☐ Yes ☐ Somewhat ☐ No AN OPEN MIND? ☐ Yes ☐ Somewhat ☐ No RESPECT? ☐ Yes ☐ Somewhat ☐ No EMPATHY? ☐ Yes ☐ Somewhat ☐ No _________________________________ Did you react and respond with : LOTS OF QUESTIONS? ☐ Yes […]