Across the United States, families are easing out of lockdown and looking forward to a return to normal. We may not know exactly what the new normal will look like, but as parents and caregivers, we can take certain steps to ensure that our families get the best out of their summer months.
Fortunately, June is Internet Safety Month and what a great way to start a summer of online safety. I have curated some of the best resources to help your family as you help your children exchange screens for sunscreen.
- Review the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting resource for a quick reminder of skills that you can share with your family.
- Remember to ask your children how they feel when they use technology, when they play video games, and when they use social media. Help cultivate digital mindfulness about any discomfort whether it is physical (headaches, eye strain) or emotional (anxiety, feeling left out). Be sure to look for positives too.
- When you do choose screens over outdoor activities, opt for quality screen time. Choose programming, games and platforms that will help your children thrive through social interaction and playful learning.
- Co-viewing wins hand down as a way to encourage critical thinking, to boost empathy and even foster discussion when children are exposed to inappropriate content.
As you head into summer, remember that self-care is extremely important. Our families have triumphed over some incredible times and all parents and caregivers need to give themselves a pat on the back. However you decide to spend the next summer months, know that you have what it takes to support your children online and off. And if you are looking for any specific support or digital parenting resources, do let us know.
Wishing you plenty of sunshine, shared times and smiles for your families.