Your Kids Digital Lives Are in Shambles

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Services for Real Estate Pros with IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

If you have a teenager, you probably have a battle in play: do you or do you not manage your teens mobile devices. Though some parents see this as an invasion of their child’s privacy,(which, frankly, is stupid) there are many reasons why you should start managing what they are doing online.

Some of these reasons make a lot of sense. Mainly, what your kid does at age 17 and under, is your responsibility, or in essence, your fault if they screw up. If they send a nude photo, that’s child porn, and that will come back to bite YOU and them.

And, the research data is out there, for instance, a teenager who has limits on how long they can sit on their phone will be better prepared to get into the real world because they can focus and unplug. Many people believe and research strongly suggests that too much screen time leads to addiction, which could definitely negatively affect the life of the child. There is also the fact that spending too much time on one activity, such as watching endless YouTube videos, causes other responsibilities to suffer. This leads to poor time management skills.

Time management is crucial for a child to develop in the younger years. Even the CEO of Microsoft believes that people are spending too much time focused on the screen. Microsoft actually did a study that showed the average attention span of a human is only about 8 seconds; shorter than a goldfish.

What does this tell you as a parent? It means that it might be time to teach your kids how to better manage their time and to avoid distractions from their cell phones. The best results start when they are younger, but it could still be worth it trying to enforce this as they get older. If not, you could see that your kids are being passed by others as they get older; others who know how to focus their attention.

Most parents don’t enforce these types of things because they don’t want to fight with their kids over it. They know that there is going to be a battle, and they are probably fighting their kids about other things, too, so they don’t want to add onto that.

If you are thinking about doing this, but having second thoughts, don’t think about it as a punishment for your child. Instead, think about it as time that they will have to focus on other things. You also might want to try it yourself and spend more time with them. Though you might not even realize it, many adults have issues with too much screen time, too, and this change could be positive for your entire family.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.

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Nina Hollander
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You are preaching to the choir here, Robert. All I can say is I'm very happy I didn't have to raise kids after the explosion of all these mobile devices. And fortunately, even our grandkids were pretty much grown before they could develop some of these habits.

Jan 17, 2019 05:27 AM #1
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Grant Schneider
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Robert - it is really scary now.  My kids understood the ramifications but they were already Juniors in HS.  I can only imagine when I see these "tots" with cell phones.

Jan 17, 2019 10:29 AM #2
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Francine Viola
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I don't have kids but even as an adult I have to set limits on my own screen time. Great tips!

Jan 17, 2019 01:22 PM #3
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Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
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I givith  so I can take it away.  How about a daily check on time spent on the phone?  Don't have that problem so maybe I shouldn't offer any advice:) 

Jan 17, 2019 05:51 PM #4
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Sharon Tara
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My grandson is only 9 and I can see the addiction. If his parents didn't limit him he would be on his tablet all day.

Jan 18, 2019 05:18 AM #5
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Kathy Streib
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Robert- my great-nephew had his game privileges suspended over the holidays because of going over this allotted device time. His mom has been monitoring it!

Jan 18, 2019 09:52 AM #6
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Jan Green
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This is so true.  Parents today have their hands full in comparison to other generations.  Managing technology was never in the equation before!

Jan 18, 2019 11:03 AM #7
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It's going to be hard to stop this habit going forward.  I can see future generations being incapable of independent thought.

Jan 20, 2019 11:36 PM #8
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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It was difficult putting limits on m y now 21 year old--when she was in high school.  Can't imaging trying to navigate electronics and social media with a child from birth!   Phone addiction is a real problem--I see so many adults with it.

Jan 21, 2019 10:49 AM #9
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