6 Strategies To “Digital Parenting” Your Children

Updated: Jul 1

Written by: Jessie Liew, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

The Fundamental of Parenting has Not Changed — You Just Need New Strategies.

Do you know, children and adolescents spend a lot of time watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers?

On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours.

While screens can entertain, teach, and keep children occupied, too much use may lead to problems.

41% of parents of 12-15s find it hard to control their child’s screen time according to the latest Ofcom Children and Parents: Media use and attitudes report 2017.

Here are some of the discussions I had with my client, Sarah (not real name).

“Mum, are you crazy? Why are you keep popping into my room?” shouted Anna, a 9-year-old girl with her mum.

This is what happens when Sarah wanted to check what Anna is doing in her room with the electronic devices.

“Mum, get out of my room”, shouted Jake, Anna’s son, a 14-year-old boy. Anna has absolutely no idea what the children are doing online. The children are secretive about their online activities.

They are spending too much time on their electronic devices. They refuse to focus on their school or homework and did little to help up the house chores.

Whenever Anna threatens to pull the Internet plug, the conflict surrounding the electronic devices is so high. The children were so mad.

Anna is aware of Jake being exposed to pornography and as she does not know what he is doing online, she got very worried.

She’s been trying to get them to do the reading, house chores, or even outdoor activities, but it seems she can’t get them away from the screen for long.

She’s been constantly talking to them about the screen effect on their brain, the Internet dangers, and the importance of reading. It has fallen to deaf ears.