Shape Your Child’s Digital Experience: 8 Tips for Positive Tech Use

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Shape Your Child’s Digital Experience: 8 Tips for Positive Tech Use

Learn how you can shape your child's digital experience to explore various interests and use technology positively and productively.

22 Jan 2024
3 mins read
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Technology is a big part of our lives and it is here to stay. It is important to actively guide your child online, so they can have the confidence to navigate the online world. Learn how you can shape your child's digital experience to explore various interests and use technology positively and productively.

4 Tips to Spark Your Child’s Interests through Tech:

Explore a Wide Range of Topics: The more topics your child experiences, the greater the chance of discovering new interests, passions, and skills. Encourage your child to try various subjects to see what they enjoy.

Talk about Their Experience: Talk about their online experiences by asking what they like about the app/website or what have they learnt. Understanding their views can help you guide their online experiences and encourage a more mindful screen use.

Explore the App Together: Using the app with your child helps you better understand their experience. This not only creates a comfortable space for discussion, but it also shows your child that you are engaged and interested in what they do.

Set Screen Time Limits: Set screen time rules, such as no devices allowed during meal times, or only use their devices after finishing homework and chores and praise them when they keep to it. Refer to MOH’s recommended screen time guidelines for guidance.

4 Questions to Help Choose Suitable Apps for Your Child

Is the App Suitable for Your Child’s Age and Development Stage?

Some apps are suitable for young children, while others are better for teens. Assess the content and the difficulty level and consider the age ratings and how they link to children’s development to make an informed decision. However, trust your judgment based on your knowledge of your child's abilities and needs.

Does This App Fuel Your Child’s Interest?

What do they like? What do they enjoy learning? Get their input when choosing apps will encourage them to explore and stay engaged with something they picked out.

Does It Offer Educational Content?

There are many educational content available online. Start off with educational content such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

Have You Reviewed and Tried the App Out for Yourself?

Read reviews and try the app before introducing it to your child. Websites like commonsensemedia.org and Children and Media Australia offer insights from experts and other users, helping you make an informed decision.

Your involvement in your child’s digital journey is the key to creating a positive and productive digital experience. By exposing them to a variety of topics, discussing their experience, and using the app together, and in appropriate amounts, you’re not just curating the apps – you are providing the opportunity for your child to discover, learn and bond with you.

Visit www.digitalforlife.gov.sg for more tips on parenting in the digital age.

Article adapted from Internet matters.