How to educate children in the digital age

How to educate children in the digital age

Today, children from a very young age have access to smartphones, tablets and computers. They see their parents working with them, and they are used to using them from early childhood.

Children and adolescents born from 1990 onwards form the era of digital children. They are characterized by assimilating very quickly the use of new technologies such as internet, video games, mobile phones, etc. How can we educate people in the digital age? In a world that changes so quickly?

Children of the digital age are influenced by new technologies when it comes to consuming and developing their way of thinking and understanding the world. Some statistics and studies show us that:

- At 2 years, 40% of children now easily use their mobile or tablet to play games, watch their favorite series of pictures, songs, etc.

- At age 8, 72% perfectly handle the new technology.

- Between 10-15 years the number of users of new technologies rises to 80%. Adolescents use the mobile a minimum of 3 hours a day, not to call each other but to communicate through WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, mail, etc.

Therefore, they are children who are growing up in a digital world and it is important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use. Parents play a very important role in teaching these skills.

The family is the one that facilitates the learning models that children need to acquire the capacities and skills to deal with life. From birth to adolescence, children observe, imitate and repeat the actions of the adults in their environment. Therefore, if the attitude of the parents is:

- Prohibitive, make children see new technologies as unhelpful and harmful tools.

- Permissive, and little responsible in its use. Parents will not help them learn to use them responsibly as they do not set desirable norms or limits.

The role of parents should be to accompany and control technology. That is, have an active attitude with which to set rules and limits in which the child can move (do not prohibit)

New technologies bring many opportunities and benefits if parents, with the help of the school, actively help children to use them. With its proper use, the development of capacities such as creativity, communication or reasoning is favored, in addition to being a great support for cooperative learning. To achieve this we give you some tips:

- Understand that if it is important for adults to be in communication and interact with others, this need is greater for children. Parents have to be vigilant as children may have problems due to their level of maturity or a possible inexperience in the use of technologies.

- To avoid insecurity, parents must comment that they should not provide personal data, send photos or establish relationships with strangers.

- Explain that the comments they write must be respectful towards other people.

- Parents must be up to date with advances in technology and be an example of their use.

- Make it clear to the children that when they are studying they must remain disconnected so that do not decrease your concentration.

- It can put a schedule of use since they are small.

- Inform them that they must access those contents that are allowed for his age.

- Use the devices in a place where the adult can see.

- That the children have all the Finished “Tasks” before you can use them.

Thanks to these tips, it will be easier for parents to establish habits, rules of use and select the most appropriate content in the use of new technologies by their children.

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