Digital devices are a regular part of life today. While kids can use tablets, smartphones, laptops, and gaming devices in relatively healthy ways, they are too often used as digital babysitters in unsupervised locations for hours at a time.
Does this behavior seem familiar to you? Perhaps it is time for parents to consider how to limit access to digital devices in order to protect their kids from some of the possible side effects of digital overindulgence.
How Parents Protect Kids When They Limit Access to Digital Devices
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should not be allowed to use digital devices in their rooms without supervision. This recent report reiterizes a policy that many wise and godly moms and dads have already been following This is a policy that many Christian experts in the field of child care have been suggesting for a long time. Parents need to come to terms with the fact that they must keep track of what their kids can access on digital devices and how long they can access it.
If parents ignore this responsibility, they may start having the same issues with their children that so many other parents are already dealing with in our culture today. For some kids today, the digital world is becoming more real to them than the real world! I would encourage parents to evaluate if they are doing a good job of keeping track of how, and for how long, their children are using digital devices. For many parents, there will probably be room for improvement. And remember, keep digital devices out of your kids’ bedrooms!
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