The start of a new school year is the perfect time to introduce boundaries and reinforce responsibilities around kids’ device use. But don’t wait til summer fun is over to start laying the groundwork.
Are the school holidays flying by in a sunscreen-scented haze of picnics and playdates? Or does it already feel like the ‘longest shortest time’ - juggling too much work with too little childcare?
Did you wake up today and think, “Oh no! School is starting in just a couple of weeks?!” … or “Yesss! School is starting in just a couple of weeks!”
There’s one thing that unites all mum and dads at the start of a new school year, and that’s preparation anxiety.
Back in the day, parents only had to worry about uniforms, labels, textbooks and stationery. Today, we can add price-y personal devices to the list - the tablets, laptops or smartphones schools almost universally require.
What will be the guidelines for using those devices at home? How and where will they be charged each day? What other routines and rules need to be established to keep your digital kids balanced, safe and happy online and off?
Be, be proactive
There’s no time like the present, and the couple of weeks before classes begin - aka right now - is the very best time to get under way.
Don’t wait and see if issues arise, say Family Zone cyber experts. Instead, take a few simple, proactive steps to prevent problems before they have a chance to begin.
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