Par­ents em­brace tech­nol­ogy

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QUEENS­LAND par­ents are em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy and on­line learn­ing to bond with their chil­dren and help pre­pare them for a com­pet­i­tive dig­i­tal fu­ture.

Many schools now in­sist par­ents buy tablets or lap­tops for their chil­dren as an in­te­gral part of their education.

Ev­i­dence sug­gests many par­ents still feel guilty about their chil­dren spend­ing time in front of a com­puter screen.

Chil­dren’s Tech­nol­ogy and Brain Re­searcher Dr Kristy Good­win said Queens­land par­ents should avoid feel­ing the “techno-guilt” that comes with mon­i­tor­ing screen time and try to un­der­stand what con­tent their kids are con­sum­ing on­line in­stead of fo­cus­ing on how many hours they are spend­ing on it.

Par­ents and chil­dren can now bond and learn to­gether by us­ing the NBN to re­search and view ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial on­line dur­ing home­work time.

Par­ents, don’t feel guilty – Dr Kristy Good­win’s tips for par­ents:

Don’t ob­sess about quan­ti­fy­ing your child’s screen-time.

Use tech­nol­ogy with your child where pos­si­ble.

Pre­vent the “dig­i­tal zom­bie ef­fect” – ask your child about what they’re do­ing, cre­at­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing on­line; en­cour­age your child to cre­ate dig­i­tal con­tent.

Par­ents can learn too – kids love teach­ing their par­ents

Re­mem­ber your child might have more tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skills than you do, but they don’t have the life skills and knowl­edge that you’ll nec­es­sar­ily have so work with them and learn from each other.

Visit www.nbn.com.au for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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