If kids spend a lot of time with their phones, you don’t have to worry so much.

The active participation of children in the digital world is a new reality. According to a Kaspersky survey, 57% of children in Turkey acquire their first Internet-connected device by the age of 7, with the rate rising to 99% by the age of 13. Of course, the first reaction of parents who fall in love with technological devices is the limitations and restrictions. But doing so can deprive children of valuable skills that can be useful in later life.

What are kids doing online?

Start by trying to figure out what attracts the child to the technical device. At first, many of the things that children like on the Internet may seem meaningless and childish to adults. But according to UNICEF, all of a child’s online activities এমনকি even those that seem meaningless at first glance সহায়তা help him acquire digital skills. These can be the ability to develop motor skills through quick decision making, analysis, teamwork and games. Also, kids of that age need to be persistent, try new things and diversify their interests.

The first thing parents worry about is screen time. 11% of Turkish households discuss the digital life of their children, and 70% claim that their children spend too much time on the phone and are of no use (61%).

But there is another reason for fights that is not often seen: adults do not know what their children are doing and are afraid of the unknown.

If you look closely at the content of the children’s interest, you are unlikely to find anything out of the ordinary. Children are primarily interested in sites where you can download programs, movies or music, chat on social networks. According to the “Responsible Digital Parenting” survey, 68% of Turkish children view video blogs, including games and toys (65%), music (39%), video games (39%) and movies (33%). ..

Children are basically interested in the same things as many adults. Music, Movies, TV Series, Memes, Lifestyle Blogs. This means that you should look for something common in the area in question. Ask, discuss, suggest, work together. At the same time, teach your kids how to make their content choices consciously.

Benefits of YouTube and TikTok

Watch YouTube videos, interviews, pop science videos, and even gaming videos as a family and share your thoughts and feelings about what you’re watching. You can find lots of unique and fascinating content on the web today, such as a probe landing on Mars or a video of a lion’s nightlife in Savannah. There are many informative YouTube channels on the Internet. Examples are:

You can even create a weekly family tradition of watching YouTube together. Let everyone choose what they want to see each week. Or maybe you can find a channel that everyone will like, subscribe to, follow updates, and watch each new broadcast together. Isn’t it great that you have common interests and conversations?

TikTok’s content is mostly about entertainment. But you can find many informative things.

Know where to look for the key. Network algorithms will gradually adjust to your interests, and before you know it, you’ll discover a geometric theorem, an interesting historical fact, or practical application solutions to the laws of physics. Accounts of teachers and scientists and those who popularize psychology, chemistry, art, language learning, physics and history have already gained popularity on social networks. For example:

You can get involved in the process by setting up a search algorithm for your child on TikTok. You can use tags to add more instructional videos to the stream. There is a lot of useful information under the tags #education and #educationalvideo. Subject-specific tags are available. Such as #history, #changizkagan, #geography, #chemistry or #exam. Try combinations like #englishvideo, #germancaders to search for language learning videos.

In addition to watching videos on popular social networks, you can listen to audiobooks and podcasts together and play video games. If you know the child is interested in exactly what, try a suitable online course such as drawing, video editing or cartoon making. You can even learn something this way together.

News and information

In the modern world, children are involved in the world of knowledge. In fact, at the same level as adults they are interested in what is happening around them and they try to understand something. The internet is a reliable helper for them. For example, when the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Turkey, there was a sudden increase in interest among schoolgirls towards news sources.

When it comes to learning or acquiring new skills online, parents’ main task is to isolate fake information and develop critical thinking. Try to find and compare different opinions on the same subject together. Explain how to verify this or that information from different sources.

Finding common ground in the digital world is a difficult task. It takes a lot of time and effort. But as a result, it is possible to find common interests, have fun, and spend time together. The resulting peaceful and trusting family relationship is invaluable.

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