Five Holiday Technology Tips for the Family
Are you excited about having some extra family time over the holidays but also feeling some stress over trying to make sure everyone stays happy and we meet everyone’s expectations like me? Well, our kids are no different and often feel the excitement of the holiday season with the welcomed time away from school responsibilities but also have the stress of sharing their room with relatives or making sure they are ‘helping’ as much as they should. Well, if your house is anything like ours the extra festivities and events mean that we can’t always pay attention to what our kids are doing in that extra “down” time. Kids often turn this into a request to have “extra time” on their devices that we simply can’t always oversee with everything we have on our plates. We end up getting busy with our holiday traditions and in turn lose precious moments as a family. We all want a loving and safe holiday with our family and we’re here to help.
Digital Citizen Academy is here to provide five essential holiday technology tips for parents who are looking for ways to help their kids find better options than too much screen time. Our goals is to help reduce the emotional risks associated with social media, gaming and internet surfing by helping kids stay safe through smart choices when using technology.
Let’s begin with Holiday Screen Time Tips
- Set rules that work best for your family by simply applying your everyday rules to technology use in the home.
- Limit your kids’ screen time so they don’t spend their entire holiday break on devices.
- Balance your own personal time and screen time.
- Plan a night of video games, movies, and activities.
- Facetime and Skype with friends and family.
Bonus Holiday Technology Tips for Tech Safety in theHome
- Know the safety measures for setting up new gadgets.
- Go through all device settings to remind or familiarize yourself with features and options.
- Be aware of how to share memories safely as they happen.
- Consider using this time to change your passwords.
- Consider a family lesson on Digital Citizenship to ensure everyone issafe and makes good choices all year long!