This is a Guest Blog contributed by Amy Williams. Williams is a free-lance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyber bullying and online safety.
Looking back over the years of child rearing, it’s easy to see how many milestones our children have accomplished on their journey to the teenager years. As we watched our babes roll over, stand on their own, and learn to navigate the world around them we were their biggest supporters. We would cheer them on, help them recover from stumbles on their journeys, and offer them a shoulder to cry on if they needed encouragement.
Now, our sons and daughters are becoming mobile in a different sense.
Our teens are encountering a new world of mobile devices, technologies,Smartphones, and social media. This access to such a wide variety of technology was almost unimaginable a decade ago. It is estimated that 92 percent of our teens acknowledge they utilize the Internet by logging online daily whether by Smartphone or a computer. This access and convenience has revolutionized the way our children connect with their peers and family.
The Importance Of Using Technology To Bond
It is our job as parents to look for ways to strengthen and protect the bonds with our children- even our teenagers.This high level of connectivity is the perfect platform for parents and teens to keep the family unit together and bonding. We need to be honest with ourselves and realize that our children are not likely to make it a priority to pick up the phone and call us or their grandparents.
The fast paced world of the Internet allows us to meet our teenagers on their favored playing field which can increase interaction among all family members. Granted, we are busy- juggling activities and running our homes. But, technology can be a convenient tool used to strengthen family ties even with our hectic daily lives.
Promoting Family Togetherness With Technology
While our adolescents are interacting with their peers and trying to discover who they are as a person, communication with parents can suffer. With proper guidance and involvement our devices and gadgets have the power to bridge generations, make it easier to manage schedules, and keep in touch with a swipe of the finger.