You come to the park with kids and encourage them to play. Sit and take the phone. Your children come and ask you to play hunting. You say "per minute" as you go through the feed of social media.
We all did this. It can not be difficult. But those moments, when the devices interrupt interaction, cause wastes to children and family dynamics.
If you want to improve your family life this year, how to relinquish your device and more and more connect with each other?
Reality is, technology is always present in our lives. 96% of the family lives in a home with at least one internet-connected device. Parents use these devices an average of 3.5 hours a day, and their children average 2.5 hours a day.
For children, this is above the recommended guidelines of the Canadian Pediatric Society for up to one hour of quality programming for children of two to five years.
Families who eat together are doing better
Families also often send messages, check social media, and browse the web during family time. Research shows that almost 47 percent of families report using mobile phones at the desk.
Regular family meals and interconnecting at the table are important for the development of the child. Basically, families who eat together work better! But family dinners are under siege technology.
As a result, Educational campaign Common Sense Media called #devicefreedinner, acting comedian Will Ferrell, was designed to help families avoid "technology" at the table and find a healthy balance with the media.
"Technology", or the interruption and interruption of digital devices during social interactions, today has important implications for parenting. It is also impossible to enter text at the same time, while at the same time integrating and responding to the child's consistent and sensitive needs.
Mobile devices can create sad children, hostile parents
Research shows that parents who are hindered by their mobile devices not only communicate less with their children, but are also hostile to their children.
Children who compete with digital devices for the attention of their parents have been exposed to the risk of behavioral problems, including sadness and withdrawal, hyperactivity and temperament outbreaks.
Technoference does not go unnoticed by children. More than 50 percent of children reported that their parents are too much to check their phones, and 36 percent said that their parents blocked their phones during the conversation.
So, are you willing to dedicate yourself to reducing time on the screen and increasing time for a family relationship? If so, there are several ways to make this resolution successful:
First Create a family device plan
Device plans can help your family decide how and how often the media will be used, how and when and where to use them. As a family you can think of solutions or alternatives when someone wants to get their device out (eg, draw a favorite board game or play football instead).
Second Be a "mentor of the media"
Children learn about the media of those around them, especially their parents. Parents need to model healthy devices habits, including moderate use of the device and not allowing them to interfere with family time, sleep or be active.
3. Have a basket for the device
When the family gets together at the end of the working and school days, lower their devices into a specific device cart. If possible, set them to "do not disturb".
4. Take control of the phone
Your phone is designed to attract your attention. That's why the icons are colorful, and notice alerts are in red! The Human Technology Center offers many options to avoid falling into the trap of your device. This includes turning off social media and email notifications, setting the phone on page scale, and maintaining only the home screen for basic applications.
5. Resist the desire to document
Capturing special moments is important, but they should not replace moments. Try to be present and determine the priorities of sharing moments with your child, not the followers of social media.
6. Follow the appliance habits
Just as Fitbit counts our steps, the device monitors our use. Activate the time display feature on your phone and monitor your use. Resolutions can be more successful when systematically followed. Make the goal to reduce device usage by 10 to 25 percent and track progress.
Understand your media habits
Understand science why technology can be addictive. For some parents, the use of the device may be a flight from a child's severe behavior or stress relieving. Unfortunately, using the device as a temporary means to relieve stress can lead to more children acting to regain the attention of their parents. As much as possible, try to find other ways to relieve stress, such as exercising, deep breathing, or going to the park.
Technology and devices can be used deliberately and appropriately. Like everything else, they must be used in moderate amounts and should not replace important activities such as family time, sleeping, playing outdoors, face and face interaction and communication.