Today's children have access to state-of-the-art computers, tablets, and mobile phones from birth. They see their parents working with these devices and are used to using them from a very young age.
We can call this type of child a “generation of digital natives”Due to the normality with which they make use of new technologies. In turn, the misuse of this technology by both parents and children (because their parents do not know how to actively guide them) leads us to the existence of digital orphans.
In this case, digital orphans are those children whose parents pay more attention to technology than to little ones. They spend more time browsing the internet or using their mobile phones than their families.
It is common for this type of digital orphans to receive all kinds of fundamental care for their development, but they lack the foundation on which all the others are based: affection and attachment.
This type of parent prefer to delegate the care of their children to other people such as: caregivers, grandparents, etc. In addition, even though they are physically in the same space, they are absent since they devote all their attention to social networks or, they can even go so far as to choose to communicate through chats with the little ones.
This makes children feel ignored and underappreciated. With what appears:
- A lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem.
- Feeling of sadness.
- Low motivation and school performance
- Increased shyness and aggressiveness
- Be less socially active
- Search for virtual relationships (without guidelines or rules on how to do it).
In the society in which we live where it is common for both parents to work and have long hours, It is very likely that adults feel guilty for not being able to spend as much time as they want with their children, and the little time that they are, it is difficult for them to set the rules and limits being passive before the use of new technologies.
We cannot delegate education and childcare to technological devices. These types of devices cannot adopt or replace adults in their role as parents. Instead, it is something that is part of today's society and cannot be prohibited. For this reason, it is important that the attitude of parents is active, where adults set norms and limits the use of technologies.
It is the responsibility of parents to guide children in the digital age. Nothing exempts adults from their parental duty. Some advices:
- Use them for a certain time. With this, it is achieved that it does not become an addiction for both the child and the adult.
- Have all the "obligations" done before being able to use them. Perform, for example, some housework
- Establish dialogue. Electronic gadgets aside, use a talk time. For example, when doing housework, father and son could do them at the same time so they can have time together and talk.
- The devices must be in a place in sight of the adult.
- Plan some time with the little ones while playing. Parents, especially when children are young or the network they access is unknown, should be with them while they use them
- Control on the access allowed for pages or games of your age.
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