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Technologically healthy families, is it possible?

Technologically healthy families, is it possible?

Summer season. More free time. Probably more nature, beach, mountain, town, tourism. More family hours. With all these “mases”, on vacation we tend to disconnect from technology. Leave the mobile at home, temporarily abandon the selfies and pass the WiFi; or just the opposite, we resort more to the screens To entertain ourselves, we count each plan on social networks, we look for maps with 3G while we stroll, we consult the weather or currency exchange in a search engine, etc.

Instead of questioning ourselves every moment if we are abusing technology, if we are too dependent or if we are so analog that we are falling behind, we can take advantage of the summer to reflect on what kind of family we have (and want), digitally talking.

one use healthy technology It starts at home, with family life, with the relationship that adults have with screens and the education that children receive in terms of digital habits. Maybe we are very technological, maybe not. Instead of remaining in prejudice, you can do a list of what a technologically healthy family should have (to your knowledge) and then compare it with the current digital health of your home. Thus, it will be easier to modify guidelines and start a new course with a more positive family connection.

In short, it is about being citizens of a world that is already digital. You have to know the risks, respect the limits and know that technology plays a fundamental and fantastic role, being able to handle it to a certain extent without being subjugated by it. We propose a list with 5 traits of families healthy technologically .

1. Awareness and knowledge: families who know

Digital is here to stay. Social networks and applications are not going to disappear (even if they change their name). So that andIt is essential that family members are up to date on the world of screens.

It is not about being “hooked”, but about learning a little every day about what it means to live in times of the Internet. Among so much information about the dangers of the Internet, there is little space left to talk about digital literacy. Instead of fearing technology, become a “practitioner”, get to know the environment and look for the most positive way possible to use it (individually and as a family).

2. Communication: Families Talking

Talking as a family has never been so important, precisely as a counterpart to the growing technological life of each member separately. It is important encourage dialogue, standardized, on the use we give to devices and the Internet. Talk about the best and the worst of the network, about what it is like to live, grow, learn or work in a world that is increasingly more connected and in which the easiest thing is to give an opinion.

3. Balance: families that live ON and OFF

21st century life can no longer be just face to face. We necessarily have to assume that communication, consumption, entertainment, work, relationships, information, etc., are now also produced through screens.

As in everything, balance is essential. Not everything or nothing. Families that pursue this “a little bit of everything” in a conscious and consistent way will have an easier time when it comes to prevent digital abuse.

4. Passion and positivity: talented families teaming up

Just as we enjoy together the things we like beyond technology (skiing, biking, going to museums, playing Monopoly, eating at our favorite restaurant, etc.), we have to encourage the family to live the digital in a united way. That children perceive that we are interested in their world happens because we are interested in their digital hobbies. Taking advantage of our hobbies and talents, we can function as a team.

5. Values: families… that are a family

With or without WiFi or 4G, what families pass on are roots. Values. The usual ones. So it is very important to instill respect, patience, reflection, compassion, generosity, coherence. What we are in the real world is what we are in the virtual. And it is key to transfer these traditional values ​​to digital life, standardizing technology and incorporating it into the rest of family life and the education we give our children. First of all, let us not aspire to be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and learns from mistakes.

How is your family? Very technological? Enemy of the digital? Do you only use the Internet for work or school? Are there many conflicts at home because of the screens? Try to think about how you would like you to be technologically talking and identify what needs to be changed to improve it.

Among all, it is possible make the internet a better place and that technology be an ally instead of a source of problems. The key is to start at the beginning so that our relationship with the digital world is positive, responsible, safe. And the principle is, almost always, at home. In family.