parenting and technology
As a parent, I think it is important not only to talk to your kids about responsible use of technology, but also to set an example of good digital citizenship. Take some time to reflect on your online behavior and be a good digital role model for your child.
Being a good digital citizen requires that each and every one of us who uses and benefits from the connected world take ownership of it's culture and climate. Remember to be your best self online and encourage others to behave with thoughtfulness and kindness online.
The usage of smart phones has overwhelmed the population, with people barely able to make it through dinner without texting, tweeting or surfing online. The problem is that checking in on Facebook often means checking out of whatever interaction you might have with the person sitting right across the table.
Sedentary bodies bombarded with chaotic sensory stimulation are resulting in delays in attaining child developmental milestones, with subsequent negative impact on basic foundation skills for achieving literacy.
By valuing your time in the real world, you'll teach your children to do the same. Smart smartphone usage starts now, when they're young, and it begins with the parent.
I don't know what started it, this admittedly morbid habit of mine. I'm sure if one were to go back (please, dear God, don't) and read the many earnest and angst-ridden entries...there wouldn't be any hint that I would be doing this.