These Are the Ups and Downs of Parenting in the Digital Age

In this day and age, technology has become an integral part of everyone’s lives. No matter who you are or what you do, technology is now almost always involved in your day to day activities. Parents especially have to keep up with the different ways advancements in technology are changing parenting and how their kids are growing up. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of parenting in this digital age and what you can do to get the right balance!

These are the Ups and Downs of Parenting in the Digital Age

Pro: Technology increases our access to information

Any questions on breastfeeding, milestones, or potty training? You already know that the information you’re looking for is readily and easily available on websites, journals, blogs, and videos online. All you have to do is type your questions into Google and a lot of references await you!

Con: Technology limits quality time

Parents can be addicted to tech too and that may mean that they easily disconnect from their kids. Limiting quality time in this way also promotes a sedentary lifestyle. This means that, while the internet and social media open new learning opportunities and can make life easier, they also discourage real connections and movement. So setting limits on your tech usage (like no phones at dinner, for example), making the time to play with your kids outside, and maintaining an active lifestyle together are just some of the ways parents can promote both quality time with their children and a healthier lifestyle for them to follow.

Pro: Technology allows you to connect with your kids and other parents  

With a lot of information only a Google search away, you might be overwhelmed deciding which link to click on for exactly what you need. That’s where your parenting groups on Facebook, Viber, or WhatsApp come in! Ask your parent friends about their personal experiences and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two! Schools also use social media for announcements of activities or cancellation of classes. So staying online for updates like these is always a great help! Want to check on your children? Technology allows you to connect with them in real time, too.

Con: Technology creates more parental concerns

Unsupervised use of technology can pose several safety risks to children. Because of this, parents are more concerned about the activity of their kids and their exposure to unsafe or inappropriate things. Kids can easily become exposed to materials that require parental supervision and guidance. So be sure to put up blocks, educate your kids about what is safe or not safe to look at, and supervise their tech use! It may also help to be open to discussing sensitive topics and concerns so your kids won’t look for answers elsewhere.

Pro: Technology makes your life easier

With rapid advancements in technology, new apps and upgraded devices are now available to help out parents with their everyday tasks. Before, we only had conventional mercury thermometers. Now, we have digital and no contact type ones, so getting our baby’s temperature means less crying and fussing. Before, we had to manually wash our children’s clothes. Today, washing machines already have baby care settings for our little one’s wardrobe. We can now do other chores because of this! No time to go out and get some groceries? Thanks to several online grocery delivery services like SnR, Waltermart and MetroMart, your grocery woes are solved!

Con: Technology adds strain to the household budget

Any upgrades in your devices, appliances, or gadgets entail more costs so enjoying the benefits and convenience of having them definitely has a price. And in today’s fast-paced world and with the way things are being marketed, parents and kids want more and expect more in a snap. This can definitely affect our spending habits. So it would be best to do your research on a product before splurging to see if it’s really worth your money. And sometimes, having a newer model doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. As long as what you currently have works fine for you, you can save up for more important things.

Just like every good thing, technology has to be used in proper moderation—even for us parents! We should also aim to be role models for using technology correctly and with sufficient self-control. Limiting our use of social media and the internet, spending more time with our children instead, and keeping up a healthy lifestyle on and offline while we’re at it are simple ways we can be better examples of tech users for our kids and achieve technology’s fullest potential.

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