Digital and Non Digital Parenting, striking the right balance.

The children who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s are now parents of either toddlers or teenagers. When we were growing up, which was just a few minutes ago, we grew up in a non digital world. We were more dependent on books than internet. Digital medium was something sort of luxury for us and something that we all secretly dreamt about.

Come 2000’s, slowly Computers became household item. Post 2010, the computers were now being replaced by tablets and ipads and by the time it was 2015, smartphones penetrated into our lives. We have lived it all and experienced it all, the digital world and the non digital world. The transition phase was one of the best.

The needs and methodology of teaching children to use the digital medium are different and often parents of our generation are stuck in a dilemma on how much to make them dependent on the technology. Earlier, when we were studying, we competed against each other but today the children are being prepared to compete against the technology. It is sad and tough to explain them the reality. What they don’t realise is they need to be smarter than their phone otherwise their phones will dominate them and they will loose their job and life.

While a lot of us do understand the reality of the technology dependance, it is simultaneously tough for us moms to explain the previous generation and also a few fellow moms about the same. We are not handing out our cell phones to children just because we want to distract them. The reality is that one or the other day sooner children will use the same technology for their studies. With changing times, the way of studying has also changed. If we do not keep up with the time we may soon be out of the race that we ourselves have created.

I guess limited and supervised screen time does not do any harm to your child.

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19 comments

  1. well agreed with your post so well written as we all know that yes technology has been ruling us from years and now tho everything is digital these days kids need internet as part of studies… with these gadgets

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  2. The key would be balance and teaching them the ability to restrain. Cyber security is also an extremely important angle.

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  3. Seriously you said my mind I also feel regulated screen time is good for the kids according to present day.

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  4. This is so true. Somehow I am also noticing the digital method somewhere is working better while introducing a concept. Kids tend to grasp concepts better when they see and hear a video about it that an elder verbally telling them. It has both pros and cons but then that is how the time is now.

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  5. I agree with you times have indeed changed and in fact, schools also introduce technology to kids at an early age for quality education and better understanding. Limited and supervised time indeed won’t do any harm.

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  6. This is like a cycle, we used to use thumb as signature in old age, now u see we use thumb as digital signature. We never had iron to press our clothes at old age now we wead rigged n crumbled jeans so.. Digital era is worsening out lifes

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