Online Device Dependency

As parents many of us worry about the effects of too much screen time on our children. By age 7 the average child will have spent a full year of its life on media devices and we’re now spending more time online than sleeping. There is clear evidence that too much time spent on devices can lead to irritability, impaired sleep, poor concentration, lower grades, weight gain, ‘text neck’ the list goes on.

Of course there is a solution

One way to take control as parents is to actually manage our own screen time and take steps to reduce it, especially when we are with our children. Many of us regularly engage with social media, surf the Internet and use our smart phones obsessively; according to recent research we check our phones on average 160 times a day and 70% of children think their parents spend too much time on their mobile phone or other device.

If we’re ‘switched on’ all the time, how can we expect our kids not to follow us into this virtual world?

Parenting can be tough, we don’t have all the answers and we all struggle at times to set good examples to our kids . The idea behind it is based on the need for collaboration within families rather than one set of rules for our kids and a different set for us. Traditional parental controls attempt to lock down and enforce device downtime. It’s no surprise this approach contributes to large number of families arguments in the INDIA.

In this course you will learn

• What is Device/Internet Dependency?
• Why is the Internet so appealing?
• Advantages and disadvantages of being plugged in
• Dependency versus bad habit
• Keeping track of usage
• How you experience the Internet
• Social media — is it social interaction?
• How dependency can negatively or positively affect your life
• Device dependency and attention span
• Various physiological side effects of being plugged in
• Mindlessness versus mindfulness
• Unplugging and other helpful tools