3 Ways to Keep Current on Changing Technology
As parents, safety is always on our minds whether our kids are online or using mobile devices but it’s difficult to know exactly what to do when there are so many things to be wary of. There isn’t a one size fits all model for all families, nor is there a guidebook featuring a flowchart of instructions to help parents educate their children about the risks and rewards. Instead, the best thing to do is to have open lines of communication.
Being involved in your child’s on and offline lives demonstrates that you care. I know it seems obvious but actions speak louder than words. If you show interest in what they’re doing, kids are more inclined to feel accountable to a parent who is plugged in, rather than checked out. Even if you can’t stay a step ahead of them, staying in step and learning along with them is perfectly acceptable.
But how do you keep up?
It can be tricky since technology is always changing thanks to new devices, different operating systems, and risks that develop each and every day.
Here are 3 simple things that you can do to make sure that even if you aren’t an early adopter, at least you aren’t a technological dinosaur:
- Ask your kids. Let’s be honest. Our kids love it when they know more than we do, so exploit this at all costs and ask them to teach you something new on whatever device they love. Perhaps you’ll bond over Assassin’s Creed or Mario Kart, learn about a new social music service, or learn text lingo so you can stop spelling everything out which is so last year.
- Rely on your village. Ask fellow parents about what websites, apps, and video games are popular in their house to get an idea of what is popular. Not only will you get an idea of the hot age-appropriate titles, but probably some insight about pros and cons of each, along with issues regarding technology such as limiting screen time.
- Stalk tech blogs. TechCrunch, Slashdot, and Gizmodo are great for the latest news but can be a little overwhelming in terms of techie jargon. I recommend sites written by parents for parents such as Techlicious, Cool Mom Tech and technology blogs by fellow moms like Little Tech Girl, Scraps of My Geek Life, Divas and Dorks, Tech4Moms, and TechMamas.
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