Yesterday and today was my first time being on a web tv talk/radio show promoting one of my seminars, “Help! I’m a Parent of a Tech Savvy Teen.” Thanks for having me Bakersfield.com
When talking about this issue, I’m referring to parents of teens and younger children.
From the feedback I’ve received, I’ve seemed to strike a chord not only with the parents who are my age, but the 20 something’s as well! These young men and women are telling me they wish they’ve had some sort of boundaries as they grew up with the world at their fingertips. Crazy!
Here are my reasons why parents should be ahead of their kids on technology:
- Being educated keeps you in the know of what your kids are into.
- It gives you insight into the world of your son or daughter.
- It helps teenagers feel understood if parents have a clue or can relate to current trends they navigate every day.
- It takes away the fear that can paralyze parents who don’t know how to benefit from technology.
Let’s be clear that I’m not promoting that parents become experts and start writing code. Bottom line, technology is NOT going away. I just pray for parents with high school or college age kids become empowered and that they don’t become that parent that wakes up to a world they no longer know. I get it. Technology can make one feel inferior in a heart beat. But our God is bigger than all of the fears satan sends our way. Parents DO have the power. Dedicate 10-15 minutes a day and resolve to learn something new about social media or how to download music…whatever…just take the time and learn their world.
There’s a difference between being “up in all their business” and being aware of what your kids are into. Helicopter parents…land the aircraft please. One benefit I’ve found with all three of my older kids is being educated about technology opens up opportunities for conversation. Your kids can even help you set up your Instagram account and be a filter for you. There are unwritten social rules about posting too many pics within thirty minutes etc. Believe me, they’ll let ya know when you’re close to a violation.
Here’s the link to my interview. How’d I do?