Parenting in the Social Age - An Introduction


Read about how children should be brought up in the social age, where new technologies are directly interfering in a child's life and how we can make this interaction as much as positive.

In the last twenty years, computers have advanced from boxes barely able to run large-size floppy disks to handheld devices that early researchers would have called supercomputers - and we're far from finished. For all the wonder technology has brought, though, one major issue remains - how do we parent children in the social age?

The simple truth is that we already make a lot of mistakes when parenting, and in many cases we don't even know what the best long-term actions are. Devices like smartphones simply haven't been around long enough for us to determine if giving them to children is actually a good idea - but while we can't know everything, we can keep some important principles in mind.

  • First, children should not be raised to rely on technology. While functions like calculators, GPS navigation, and instant research are nice, they shouldn't be the only option children have. Teaching a broad set of skills gives today's children more ways to deal with the problems they'll face in life.
  • Second, children should not be free to use the internet unsupervised. Most parents rarely bother to check on what their kids are doing, but more than half of all teenagers have viewed objectionable content of some sort.
  • Finally, parents in the social age should track their kids' phones. Few things will destroy a relationship faster than a sense of being unfairly attacked, but this is exactly what happens when many parents demand to see their child's phone. By focusing on prevention and monitoring them from the very start, kids will be raised to understand that there are limits on what they can do - and that's not a bad thing.


We all want what's best for today's children - but not all of the old parenting strategies will work in the social age, and if we're going to raise our kids well, we must understand where they're at and what techniques will actually be effective.

Social Parenting an introduction


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