What’s a cyber? If that is your first question, I hear you! And that is at the core of the issue – kids today are typically well ahead of us dads and moms in the use of technology. To the extent that when we attempt to control their use of technology or exposure to social media, we are met with pushback, frustration and even anger.
As parents, it is critical to establish a personal comfort factor with the technology kids are exposed to today. What are some of the positive ways the internet, various social media, games and apps have influenced your life, the home and your kids? In what ways have you allowed that technology to have a negative influence in your life, the home or with your kids? Candid discussion around these questions in family can be foundational for continued healthy dialogue.
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At a recent “Tech Tips for Dads” session at one church, three tips were given by the Middle School Discipleship Director:
- Set clear boundaries – establish cell phone contracts, computer & phone use restrictions and freedom to check the kids’ accounts.
- Learn about the social media your kids are using – if they’re on it, you should be on it or at least very familiar with it.
- Have frequent conversations around social media – healthy dialogue is important.
As dads, control is our “gut response” because we are defenders of the home, protectors of family. Too much control can trigger rebellion. The goal is to teach our kids to make good decisions through the use of clear boundaries with consequences, by being involved in their world and aware of the challenges they are facing. When kids stumble, they need to know that home is a safe place for discussion.
A faithful father strives to be cyber savvy.
Comment on what you have done to be more cyber savvy. Secondly, please let us know what would you like to see offered to encourage & equip dads on the cyber front?