We are a true example of a tech-savvy, digital family; you can find anyone in our household connected to a device at any point during the day. But how do you maintain a healthy tech balance? Here are some ways to stay connected with your family at home.

Use Tech Together

In the past, we’ve experienced challenges with using multiple devices in our household all at once. This made it difficult to work, keep the kids entertained, and watch our favourite shows – causing unnecessary stress and arguments.

Now we have Rogers Ignite Gigabit internet service, allowing us to seamlessly use multiple devices at the same time and in the same room. You can watch YouTube videos, play computer and video games, and research topics of interest together as family or in different rooms of the house. I can be uploading a blog post while one of my sons is playing the PS4, the other is watching his favourite YouTuber, and my husband is watching a Netflix movie on our family-room television at the same time.

Family time is super important. We look forward to watching movies together on Friday nights, playing games, and chatting; a chance to re-connect as a family, and catch up on what’s happened during the week.

Open Dialogue

It’s important to talk to your kids about social media, cyber bullying, and browsing the internet safely. If your child has a cell phone, discuss the responsibility that comes along with it such as the risks of posting or uploading photos, texting or sharing personal information. I always tell my kids to think twice before pressing the publish button. My kids have Instagram accounts which gives us a great opportunity to talk about safety; no matter how many rules and limits you set, the best thing you can do is have open communication with your kids.

Let’s get social!

We also like to have some fun with social media too! We enjoy making Boomerangs and Instagram Stories together. When I have a work opportunity to film or photograph my kids for a brand, I’ll ask them to model for me; they gladly accept, with a pay cheque of course!

Set limits at home

Set limits on recreational screen time, such as one or two hours a day. My husband and I have a Share Everything Plan for our cell phones, and we recently added our “new” teenager to our plan, with limits; We sat him down to explain the value of data and the importance of not having your face in a phone at all times (Social Media etiquette 101.  As an added bonus, I can track our usage to ensure we won’t receive any overage charges.

Kids look at their parents to set the example so try to limit your own screen time too! When “tech time” is over, encourage your kids to get outside, play sports or go to the park, or do something active together as a family.

How do you stay connected with your family at home?

How Do You Stay Connected With Your Family at Home

Disclosure: I have an existing collaboration agreement with Rogers to share my views on products & services. As always, the opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is Publisher/Editor of amotherworld. Follow her on Twitter @amotherworld and @lifeandtravelca.

12 Comments

  1. Taking the time to watch movies and play games as a family is a wonderful idea! Sometimes we get distracted with our own projects and it’s good to be able to spend quality time together.

  2. Setting screen time limits is a great idea to help keep the kids present in day to day things and not what they are getting caught up in on social media. We have game nights here too and no screens are allowed during family time.

  3. It’s so important to set screen time limits. Some kids just seem to get sucked in by the internet or games.

  4. It’s nice to have the kids involved with tech and using it together. I think it’s a pretty fun way to enjoy the tech that we have today but it’s also important for me to give ourselves some offline time to spend together. These are great tips for parents!

  5. I need to do some Instagram stories with my son! That is a great idea. We love technology at our house too so I try to make it a family thing where we play games and learn new things. It isn’t always easy, but it is important to set boundaries and guidelines.

  6. It’s really nice to make sure that the kids and the parents are connected and these are very good tips on how to do just that. I’m sure a lot of parents will find this post helpful.

  7. Great suggestions, we try to eat the evening meal together as much as possible and take time to share about our day.

  8. My kids and I LOVE using new toys together. Whether it is a game or technology, we make sure to do it with each other!

  9. My family and I have a blast everytime we do online games together. We share photos and videos too. I love it when my kids show their creativity when they “design” a photo using an app on their phone. I guess screentime does have its benefits too.

  10. These are great tips, I especially love the using tech together. I do feel like with our busy fall schedules we are not spending as much family time together!

  11. I love this. Open dialogue and transparency about the dangers of social media is key!

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