Essential rules for raising Nigerian kids in a technology world

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Everyone is catching the technology fever, including kids. Today many children are addicted to technology in a manner which has many parents worried. They request their parents purchase the latest tech gadget for them despite the fact the parents know little or nothing about these devices. For many parents who are looking for strategies to raise their children right since they cannot shield them from technology, Jovago.com, Africa’s no.1 hotel booking portal rolls out some tips.

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Technology should not be discouraged in your home

Technology is ubiquitous. You cannot say that because you are a luddite so you discourage your children from embracing technology. Technology is the future and you will be losing if you  prevent them from accessing it. It is better to welcome this new way of life into your home so that they will not be tech illiterates in the future. In blue chip companies today, the knowledge of technology is essential.

Restrict access to social media and other websites

If your kids are not old enough to buy their gadgets themselves, you should either buy a phone that doesn’t give browse or block access to social media-Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other indecent websites.

Moderate use

Children are wired to be imaginative and inquisitive. It is when you stop them from accessing technology that they become curious. They want to know why you want to stop them using. It is better to allow them to use it but moderately. To prevent overuse restriction internet access to certain times of the day can help. Even when you are not home, they will abide by this timeline.

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Remember technology is to solve problems

Technology is meant to solve problems not worsen it by getting kids addicted to it. Rather than calling or sending them text messages to your children, you can chat with them via instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, BBM, and Facebook messengers. It has helped you cut the cost of buying airtime. But still, you have to find a balance. Do not over do it. There should be a period you temporarily collect the gadgets from them so that they will not be addicted.

Use apps to monitor your kid’s activities  

There are android apps you can now use to monitor the phone or online activities of your children. With these apps, you have control over what they are exposed to. Examples of these downloadable monitoring apps include Kids place, Secure Teen Parental Control, Screen time Parental control and Norton Family Parental Control.

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Iheanyi Igboko is a social advocate, educator and journalist/blogger; working actively in the education and human development sector. He is passionate about promoting access to quality education, increasing youth active participation and engagement, and empowering young people to develop solutions to their problems. He craves unending hopes of a better Nigeria that will meet the hopes and aspirations of her citizens; and committed to building a nation that will seamlessly harness and develop her numerous human and capital potentials.

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