Smart phone revolutionized the life of young generation in many ways. This revolution not only opens new dynamics for younger but also make parenting a challenge. Last year it was just Facebook and Twitter but now kids use Tumblr, Instagram and WeeWorld. And of course, shortly kids will move to other latest forums as well. Parents, what you are supposed to do this year? How you are going to tackle the situation? And how you are going to bring the balance between ever increasing social spaces and kids’ smartphone usage?
One solution that quickly comes to mind is that you have to learn all the latest apps, games, web-sites etc before your kids got to know about them. And this learning process has to be deep down because your goal is to figure out how the website or app or game can be misused. Once you know it, only then you can devise a plan for your broods. But mind you, getting so many new games, apps, social networking sites etc is not a piece of cake and what if you missed one or two which kids are up to? Isn’t it funny?
If plan A don’t work then you need to work on plan B. You need to stay ahead of your kids in order to fully understand what they are up to. Teenagers are always looking for new websites, new games and new apps, ban them. But do you think banning kids especially teenagers is a solution? I am sure being parents everyone will be agreed on it that this would have worst consequences on your kids, later on. Teens are in their growing period and any destructive approach will directly impact their mental growth. Therefore, forget about banning things to them.
The two most sensible options have been discussed but both of them have their own drawbacks. One creates anxiety for parents and one makes parents a dictator. Is this end of world for parents?
No! Rather than being authoritative, think yourself as a monitoring agent/parent. This way you won’t have to do anything harrowing. You won’t interrupt your kid’s development and also stay them away from all harmful aspects of technology and internet. Being a monitoring agent/parent you should have a watch dog with you to get to know the truth. Android spy software can be used as watch dog. This is a best tool to become a perfect monitoring agent/parent. Obviously being a monitoring agent/parent you should be able to monitor all browsing done through their mobile phones, no matter kids browsing for hours.
Being a monitoring parent you should be able to know what kids are doing on Facebook. Who are their “friends”, what kind of language do kids use over there for commenting, what kind of “Likes” do they leave for the Facebook publishing and what not and what not. Being a monitoring parent you should be able to know what networks kids have joined, what videos they watch, like, comment and share with friends. Not only this if you also got to know the rest of the activities of kid’s smartphone then it is must to admit that Android is the true companion of yours to perform the good parenting.
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