Do not deprive your children of screens, it is better to educate them

As soon as their baby is born, parents prepare for a fierce battle against screens. But as the child grows, it becomes impossible to protect him completely from digital. According to experts, the most important thing would not be to deprive them of it, but to help the youngest to become intelligent in the face of screens.

“Parents who provide the best possible education are not the ones who constantly worry about the time their children spend on digital devices”assures Melinda Wenner Moyer, a member of the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at New York University, for CNBC. Digital education and dialogue would be the key to success.

All websites are not bad for children and do not all have the effect of stupefying them, despite what many prejudices suggest. Talking with his offspring about responsible screen use will help him make good use of it. It is therefore necessary to take the time to explore the applications, games and websites with them, and to read the conditions of use together. “Teach them that technology is not a definite bad influence. It can be a learning tool. I’m pretty sure my son learned to read from the Endless Alphabet app. Online chess games have also taught him useful skills.explains Melinda Wenner Moyer.

You can also use these hours to share your concerns with your child. If a site strikes you as a scam or turns out to teach bad values, you can discuss why you’re advising them not to spend time on it. For specialists, encouraging him to think about his use of technology is much more effective than depriving him of it.

Set limits

Sometimes educating in the use of digital may not be enough. “If you feel like you don’t have enough control over your kids’ screen time, it can be helpful to create a roadmap as a family. You can thus establish guidelines that create a balance: your toddler learns to use technology in a constructive way and at the same time avoids certain harmful effects on health.proposes the author of CNBC.

For example, to minimize sleep loss, a media curfew is recommended. Have children contribute to the creation of this roadmap: it can help them to accept these restrictions.

“Screens are a tool. And like any tool, they can be useful or harmful depending on their use, expose Melinda Wenner Moyer. Our goal as parents is to help children use them in a healthy and constructive way.”

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