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Technology: Finding a Balance in the Digital Age

Tiffany and Laura are so excited to be back with you all! They took a two week break to spend time with family and work on valuable content for their listeners. They are back today talking about Technology!!! Like all moms and dads, they too struggle with finding a balance and facing the bad rap that comes along with the word “technology”. However, our society and many industries are rooted in technology. They couldn’t exist without it. Like with everything else, anything is excess is not good for an adult or child.

Today they discuss finding a balance with technology in their homes, parental controls and the importance of a strong and open relationship with their children that will prove to be a key factor if and when something comes up the children shouldn’t be exposed to.

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Laura and Tiffany discuss how much time their kids spend with technology. This includes television, iPads, computers, phones, and video games. Tiffany’s son takes online homeschool classes through Beacon Online Learning and spends 30 minutes there and then may spend another 30 minutes to an hour on other technology devices. Laura’s children have their own tablets and a Roku TV“>Roku TV in their rooms. They have a designated quiet time where they are able to get on their tablets or TVs at times and then there are times they have no TV and read or color. She struggles with the guilt of allowing them a little too much time on technology when she needs to get something accomplished. Laura says her children spend about an hour a day on screen-time during the week and maybe a little more on the weekends. They spend a tremendous amount of time outside and usually spend their screen-time at night and because of that she doesn’t feel guilty about it.

Tiffany came across some very surprising statistics that will really open your eyes to the amount of time kids spend on electronics. Laura found it very hard to believe that teenagers spend 9 hours a day on electronics. She questioned the definition of technology and what they consider to be an electronic.

Laura and Tiffany begin to discuss the hindrance technology can make in they way people interact socially . What you may put on Facebook or Instagram may not be something you would voice in person. Then there is their BIGGEST pet peeve…people who are with other friends or family and aren’t interacting with the people around them because they are on their phones. This has become a big issue with adults mostly. Adults (parents, grandparents, family members) who are together need to stay off their phones and engage in conversation with the people around them. A personal interaction is much more valuable than what you are doing on your phone. Children are beginning to pick up on the bad habit and wanting to do the same. This bad habit has to be broken by being consciously aware of how much time adults and children spend on electronic devices.

Laura brings up scripture her dad would always remind her of about what was appropriate when…this scripture is a good example of when to bring out your phone and when to put it away.

Ecclesiastes 3

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;a time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose;a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew;a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate;a time for war, and a time for peace.

Learning this scripture could aid in our conscious effort in when it is appropriate to be on electronic devices and when it is not!

Parental Controls

They also dive into the importance of monitoring the content that their children come across. With the Amazon Kids Kindle and Kids Echo dot there are parental controls you can use to filter out the “PG-13” content that kids may not realize is bad for them. With the Kindle you can also put limits on what type of content your child spends time on. For Example, You could limit the games to 15 minutes and make sure they are reading a book for 30 minutes. These parental controls help parents stay at ease when giving their children a technological device.

There are also some apps that you can incorporate in your parental control monitoring:

  1. Family Time App – monitors families cell phones
  2. Norton Online Family – online monitoring.
  3. Disney Circle – Parental Control and Internet filtering app

Technology is not a bad thing.

There are numerous ways your children can use technology to benefit them. Here is a list of ways to incorporate technology in your child’s daily life that will certainly benefit them.

  1. Podcasts:)
  2. Audiobooks
  3. Exercising apps/streaming
  4. Geocaching
  5. Online learning apps

Like they mentioned before, there is always a balance to be made. Being outside and hands-on playing is extremely beneficial to the development of your child as well.

Relationship

With all the parental controls app and ways to monitor the content, we still need to communicate to our children that we trust them. It is very important to instill a honest relationship with your child which allows for open communication. Be the parent that your child feels comfortable telling you what has happened and not freak out (on the outside…maybe on the inside). Connect with your child and ask them about their experience on the latest Playstation game or the YouTube video they watched. They will be thrilled you are actually interested in what they are playing. They will notice that you care about what makes them happy.

Tiffany is Diggin…

Her water filter! Being in Georgia has really made her appreciate all that her water filter does for her and her family. She was without the filter for a few days upon first arriving and the water tasted TERRIBLE!! Once she got her filter back up and running she loves the taste of it so much. Her excitement doesn’t even take into account all of the harmful chemicals that the filter is taking out, either, that’s just a bonus!

Laura is Diggin…

Whole 30 elimination diet! This is where you go without grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, or alcohol for 30 days. This resets your body to process natural ingredients and helps you focus on making good food choices.

Laura has loved finding new ways to cook and using crazy ingredients she would have never thought to mix together. She feels great and has shed at least 8 pounds thus far!

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