Creative Child April 2019 - Page 13

For each type of technology, whether it’s the iPad or phone, present guidelines by including time limits, etiquette, and other expectations. Formalizing your expectations for tech use can make tech work for your family and not be at its mercy. Moreover, keeping the tech communication open and regular is a great practice to set in place for when kids become older and begin exploring social media or for the day when they come into possession of their own phones. Here is a sample tech contract I made for my 6 and 8-year-old. • Be open and honest. It’s not your fault if you find things on YouTube that’s violent, mean or scary. But if you do, don’t hide it. Tell mommy and daddy so they can help stop these shows from frightening or teaching bad things to other children. By not keeping secrets, you can be part of the solution. • Tuesdays are tech-free days. There is no watching on Tuesdays. Do not complain about being bored. Find something else to do. 12