Technology for the most part has been remarkable in improving the quality of life of people. Gadgets and the internet can surely help children in many ways, too, as with long-distance communication, research, and apps that aid in education and learning.
But there are instances when technology can be problematic. There are all kinds of content online, and some of the more disconcerting issues brought about by the internet and social media include cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and pornography. Smartphones and tablets can also distract kids when they need to focus, like in studying.
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It is important to keep kids abreast with modern times and to help them learn how to use technology, but as with anything, parents need to provide guidance. Setting rules is one way to moderate. For example, using the tablet for games and social apps can be limited to certain hours, like in the evening after homework. It is up to the parent at what age they think social media is appropriate, but Facebook and Instagram require at least 13 years old.
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The parent also has to set an example by not being hooked to their devices either. Show the kids the importance of face-to-face interaction and the value in experiencing life outside of virtual reality.
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