The attitude towards digital parenting has changed in recent years thanks to the new generations. Those generations forced to grow up in a world where only first place matters (see professional online gaming competitions where the first place team gets a fabulous amount and everyone else a token participation diploma) and where fakenews is maintained exactly by the book those who condemn him.
Parents tend to limit access to technology without offering children an attractive alternative such as creative games with other children or household activities with other family members. Instead of becoming models of technology use, providing examples of curiosity and adaptation, parents tend to associate technology with punishment for not completing certain tasks.
Digital parenting refers to the approach and responsible management of the education and supervision of children in the digital age. It involves applying appropriate strategies and practices to protect and guide children in their use of technology and the Internet.
Digital parenting focuses on issues such as online safety, digital education, monitoring and controlling access to online content, managing time spent in the digital environment, protecting privacy and promoting responsible and ethical behavior online.
Digital parenting involves a number of aspects, including:
A world where the “parental example” is decisive. And by example I don’t mean the ease with which a clip is edited and uploaded to YouTube. I am referring to the transmission of values that have nothing to do with technology and the online environment. Values that an AI will never be able to fully understand.
Today’s digital parenting is no longer about fostering access to technological resources. Today’s digital parenting is about providing a reliable model that harmoniously blends technology with humanity. A model that had the curiosity and courage to use new technological tools to become more efficient. A model that kept the old set of values based on humanity. On direct communication with people. On trust and vulnerability. On happiness and love.
In the absence of models, children risk adopting external models. Excessively promoted models in the online environment, on social media or in game networks. Models that may be fake. extremist, harmful or toxic.
Social isolation among children and adolescents can have multiple causes and can be influenced by several factors, including the presence of negative external role models on social media and video games, as you mentioned earlier. Social isolation can have significant consequences for children’s emotional and social development, and intervention and support from parents and adults is essential to help children overcome this situation. Before restricting access to online games, it is important to check to what extent they are used for socializing with other people.
Parents play an essential role in guiding children towards responsible and healthy use of technology. Children need role models to convey the importance of access to technology in preparation for the artificial intelligence (AI) world and the importance of quality offline social interaction.