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How to parent your child in the digital age

by Okechukwu Liberty
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How to parent your child in the digital age

Parenting has become more challenging as a result of the internet. Raising children necessitates a significant amount of time and effort. Because the world is a more dangerous place with predators around, you must be more aware than ever.

Being a parent isn’t easy, and despite your best efforts, your children may make poor choices or associate with bad people, but it’s comforting to know that you’ve done everything you can.

Here are some pointers:

1. Discipline is required:

Teach your children what is right and wrong, and correct them when they make mistakes. Because children can be stubborn and want to see if you’re serious about discipline, it’s not a one-time thing.

Show them time and time again that you will not tolerate bad behaviour and that you will explain why you are penalizing them.

Flogging isn’t the only method of child discipline. Discipline measures include taking away advantages such as TV time, not allowing them to go out, and assigning them a lot of work.

Also, don’t be a hypocrite. Children are excellent imitators. It won’t work if you behave badly and then try to correct your child for the same behaviour.

2. You, the parent, must provide sex education:

You should be the first to talk to them about sex, not a falsehood like “you get pregnant if a man touches you,” before they hear about it from the TV, the internet, or their friends.

Despite the fact that adolescence is a time of experimentation and sexual urges, you must discuss the importance of love and commitment before sex, the essence of marriage, understanding their bodies, the importance of discipline, honouring their bodies, and not succumbing to sexual urges, and avoiding precarious situations that come with the digital age.

3. Get to know your children:

Allow time for your children. Spend time with them, play with them, talk with them about everything, and take them to restaurants and other interesting places. They should love you as a friend in addition to respecting you as a parent.

If your child has a crush on someone or is scared or upset, they should be able to tell you about it and not spill it out to strangers as most do in this digital age.

4. It’s critical to have the right people around your child:

Nannies, friends, neighbours, relatives, lesson teachers, and schoolteachers have repeatedly molested children physically and sexually. You should not entrust your children to such persons for an extended period of time. The lessons they instil in youngsters are unreversible.

Teach your children to alert you if someone tries to touch them in an inappropriate way.

5. Phones should not be used until after secondary school, and television viewing should be limited:

Teenagers had to use their parents’ phones to send text messages while I was growing up. They’ll type ‘Don’t reply, it’s my father’s phone at the end of the text.

A phone with access to several social networks should not be given to a 10-year-old under any circumstances.
They should be supervised if they need to use the internet for homework. There is more harmful stuff on the internet than on television.

You used to have to go out and buy a pornographic CD. Nowadays, you don’t have to go far to find free porn or talk to strangers who will tell your children to send naked images and do things to themselves.

Replace screen time with reading, learning new skills such as coding, participating in sports, music, dancing, and other useful activities.

Finally, do your utmost to protect your children by discussing principles and morals with them. Teach children about contentment, and maybe they will remember your lessons as they grow older.

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