“5 years old Natalie was using my phone and she ended into a website that’s “not for kids”, as I was not aware of the Child lock or Internet security protection, Passwords, etc., that I had to drop a glass of peach wine that I prepared last fall so that I could get a hold on her from realizing where she landed up” Says, Emily Morgan, from Madison.
Is Tech a good object when it comes to a family?
Parents know the internet is a magical entity capable of answering obscure questions; providing printable templates of pretty much any animal to color in; and serving up endlessly-repeatable videos of startled cats, Stampy’s Minecraft exploits and loom band tutorials.
What they don’t know anything about viruses, online privacy, phishing, social networking etiquette, and any other internet safety and/or security issue you can think of.
Forget the cliché of teenagers spending their lives glued to their phones, sending Snapchats, messaging friends and running the risk of cyberbullying – digital technology is offering a whole host of brand-new ways to bring families and friends closer together for happier relationships.
That was the message from a roundtable discussion sponsored by Vodafone and hosted by the Guardian and attended by a range of experts in the fields of education, psychology, wellbeing, and communication.
The event launched the third edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Guide, which includes research that sheds light on the role of digital technology in modern family life. The data – gathered after 1,500 parents and 500 young people were polled – indicates that most parents and children believe their family lives have been enriched by technology, and more than that nine out of 10 kids feel they have more opportunities thanks to technology.
“These technologies are really good at sustaining relationships when there’s distance involved,” said clinical psychologist Lucy Maddox.
As well, the young people don’t see the internet as scary or risk-laden – they enjoy it and see it as an important way to communicate
Indeed, it’s clear that some technology can encourage stronger emotional connections within families. If you’re in different countries, you don’t have to wait for weeks for a letter to arrive, or rack up gigantic phone bills – you can just connect via Skype or FaceTime and yes there are a lot of ways to have a safe and happy techy home.