In September, the government commissioned a review about the way technology affects children’s behaviour. Tom Bennet, the school behaviour expert recommends that we shouldn’t allow children to have smartphones without adult supervision until they are 16.
What is your take on this? Personally, I think it’s not a question about age, but more about helping children have a healthier relationship with technology.
When I upgraded to a new smartphone, I gave my daughter my old one. She was just 10, then. I only had one rule for her, and that’s not to use her phone in her bedroom. Three years’ on, and I don’t see her glued to her phone. In fact, she only ever use it for texting me when I’m late picking her up and to listen to her music while waiting for me. She also has skype, and she use it to have a group chat with her friends when they’re playing Minecraft. It’s on speaker in the playroom, so most of the time, we join in the banter and get to know her friends.
As both my husband works in telecommunications and I work online, our house is never short of technology. We have 4 computers, 3 tablets and 4 smartphones at home, yet my children’s past time is reading. I think instead of focusing on the evils of technology, we need to teach our children how to use technology effectively.