Parenting Challenges In The Digital Age

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5. Confidence

Digital parents – have confidence that you really can do this!

Even if you start to panic thinking about all the fan culture of Forties (those darn dances) or the latest YouTube, think that perhaps our parents and grandparents felt the same way when faced with Madonna in the 80’s or The Beatles in the 60’s.We shall learn to handle this as well without anxiety or confusion.

 

6. Continued Conversation

Once you have begun to have those conversations with your children and young people, do keep them up .

Use that downtime in the car, while cleaning up, prepping for dinner or just talking a walk – to continue the conversations about their online world. Talk early and talk Often.

 

7. Encourage and promote a healthy online/offline balance

Ultimately children learn through observation.

If you want your child to have a healthy relationship with the digital world then you will need to be a good role model.




For example, where screen time is concerned, if you are constantly on a digital device or regularly on screens late at night then it is highly likely that your child will see this as normal and model this behavior.

In a broader sense make sure to regularly engage in family activities that do not include digital devices. Remind your child of the importance of communicating face to face with friends and relatives as opposed to doing so online.

 

8. Digital Detox

This is just shutting down turning off or stepping away from technology, periodically. It gives our mind and body the much needed break to recover from the effects overindulgence.

You can declare a “Detox day” for the family and follow through. The benefits might surprise you.

 

9. Community

When parents have concerns, they may sometimes turn to family members other parents   or professionals (child psychologists / teachers etc.)  to resolve the issue.

A community of parents and caregivers with years of experience and common sense can be a valuable source.

In today’s world, community can be found online as well. There are several Facebook groups dedicated to technology and digital parenting.

Join one or all and check out the conversations to find a community that resonates with you.

With all the right resources parents shall be ready to raise the next generation of resilient, responsible and digitally aware children, making the future of “digital revolution” bright.




 

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CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGIST / AUTHOR / LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT COACH / EDUCATIONIST Paromita Mitra Bhaumik is a committed, knowledgeable and capable psychology expert working on psychological wellbeing, essential skills building, Coaching and writing for awareness for the last 25 years. She is the Founder Director of Anubhav Positive Psychology Clinic at Kolkata, India. A registered psychologist with the Rehabilitation Council Of India, ( R.C.I.) and a Life Associate Member with the Indian Psychiatric Society (I.P.S), Paromita has been trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (C.B.T) and Stress Management under professor Stephen Palmer at the Institute of Stress Management in London. She has also received an extensive training in Neuropsychology from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangaluru , India. Apart from being a certified coach for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P), she is a qualified coach for Directive Communication Psychology (D.C trainer) trained by Arthur Carmazzi, for skills building. As a renowned coach, Paromita Mitra Bhaumik has the experience of having conducted over 300 workshops and training programmes in India and abroad. Her paper on the mental health of the senior citizens in India was well appreciated at the Shippensburg University U.S.A.Paromita Mitra Bhaumik has edited and contributed to the international editions of books on psychology and education by Pearson Global. She is also a Resource Person with Pearson Education for the last decade. She is a prolific writer and orator who draws inspiration from her subject, psychology and the life around. She is a writer at wordpress.com ( Palette by Paromita mitra Bhaumik) and at The Minds Journal.