In the digital age, parents have more information about their children than ever before – they can track their kid’s location remotely, monitor sleeping patterns, and even check whether the chores are done. Can all this tech allay common parental anxieties or will it fuel fresh concerns?
Dr. Richard Freed is a child and adolescent psychologist, author of Wired Child, and a member of the advisory boards for Families Managing Media and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s Children’s Screen Time Action Network.
The digital era has made keeping tabs on children’s behavior more difficult for parents, who often fret about the various dangers of constant connectedness – from smartphone addiction to age-inappropriate content to the threat of cyberbullying. So, how can tech be made more kid-friendly?
In the US, 83% of new mums are Gen Yers, and though 88% of this generation want to avoid becoming a ‘helicopter parent’, many are happy to use tech to check on their kids. In the second of a two-part report, we ask if more dads will take paternity leave, and look at the rise of the ‘drone parent’.
When it comes to the tech that parents welcome into their home, opinions are split. While 43% of them are worried their kids spend too much time online, 65% use mobile devices to calm them down. But whether they’re hands-on, helicopter, or drone parents, many are opening up using new tools to help make their home lives easier – even if their comfort with such technology lies along a spectrum.
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