Most of us use technology on a daily basis. Even children are gaining access to it at a young age. Experts warn, however, that some children may be too young to benefit from such technology.
We live in a technologically advanced world, and it appears that children are getting cell phones at a younger age than ever before. According to studies, children are ready for a phone by the age of 13, but the decision really comes down to your child’s maturity and the phone’s necessity.
According to the Pew Research Center, 45% of parents believe it is acceptable for children between the ages of 12 and 14 to have a phone. While 16% believe it is acceptable to allow children as young as 9 to have their own phones.
Setting and maintaining reasonable technology boundaries is now an essential part of parenting, but without guidance, they are at high risk of smartphone addiction.
Limiting sleep, poor academic performance, and increased anxiety and depression are some of the potential side effects. There are techniques for monitoring your child’s screen time:
- Know the password to the child’s phone and that you have the authority to remove it.
- Limit how much time they spend on the phone during the day.
- Determine the ramifications of losing or breaking the phone. Is it going to be replaced? And, if so, who will foot the bill?
- Monitor your children’s social media sites and make them aware that you are doing so.
While you may choose to enforce different rules, experts advise that you make them clear from the start and establish consequences if these guidelines are