The Online Mom posted an article recently entitled, Want your child off the screens? Try turning off yours, which quoted Jeremy helping parents think about how much time they use their own devices and what kind of example that gives their children.
Journalist Debra-Lynn B. Hook gives a personal example of how she uses technology while trying to set limits with her own son and then goes on to explain;
Unfortunately, when you’re a parent, the nuance of social media and technology can’t wait for human evolution and/or for the excitement to die down. Which is where marriage and family therapist and technology expert Jeremy G. Schneider comes in.
Schneider suggests parents take this family tech quiz:
Do you frequently respond to emails (work or personal) while your kids are right next to you?
Do you frequently take time out to post to Facebook or Twitter when you’re with your family?
Do you rush to your computer immediately after dinner to jump back into your online game to unwind at the end of the day?
Do you put in your headphones while you clean up after dinner so that no one can talk to you?
Now consider this: How would your kids answer those questions about you?
Ms. Hook concludes the article with this excellent quote;
Funny how the rules of technology keep changing faster than we can keep up. But the rules of good parenting remain the same.
The challenge for most of us, is remembering the rules of good parenting in the chaos of technology all around us.