Parents embrace technology
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.