As we know, our youth is struggling with mental health. Two contributing factors to these struggles are media and tech, which often have a way of magnifying the stress that young people face everyday. As adults, it’s our responsibility to guide the young people in our lives towards healthy tech habits, especially during the unstructured days of summer.

  1. Discuss Online Safety: Have open conversations with your children about online safety and responsible behavior. Teach them about the potential risks of the internet, such as cyberbullying and privacy concerns, and provide guidelines on how to navigate these challenges.
  2. Balance Educational and Entertainment Content: Encourage your children to use technology for educational purposes in addition to entertainment. There are numerous educational apps and programs available that can make learning fun and interactive.
  3. Use Parental Controls: Utilize parental control features to monitor and manage your child’s screen time. These tools can help you enforce time limits and ensure that content is age-appropriate.
  4. Be Flexible: It’s important to remain flexible and adjust your approach as needed. As children reach new ages, it may be time to revisit your time limits and other rules. Regularly check in with your children to understand how they feel about the rules and be open to making changes if necessary.
  5. Adapt. Like it or not, technology is here to stay, and will play an important part in young people’s lives. Teaching your children how to interact with technology in a healthy way can be a lesson that stays with them for a lifetime.
  6. Encourage Healthy Behaviors: Giving children the tools they need to lead a balanced life is key. Encouraging physical activity, interacting with friends and family, and protecting bedtime will go a long way in teaching digital wellness.

Teaching Kids Digital Wellness for Improved Mental Health