Digital Dilemmas: Parenting in the Age of Screens

Thank you to Susie Beghin, RECE, Author, and owner of Alpha’s Discovery daycare centres for providing her experience and expertise on this topic.

Digital Dilemmas: Parenting in the Age of Screens

Parenting in the digital age is challenging. As a parent, I understand the difficulty navigating the delicate balance between harnessing the benefits of technology and mitigating its potential drawbacks.

One pressing concern for parents of young children revolves around screen time limits. The presence of smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices presents the challenge of monitoring and regulating the amount of time children spend in front of screens. Striking a balance between leveraging educational content and preventing excessive screen exposure is a dilemma that modern parents continually grapple with.

The quality of content consumed is another significant consideration. With a vast array of apps, games, and digital platforms targeting children, parents must discern between enriching, age-appropriate content and potentially harmful or addictive material. This digital landscape requires parents to be proactive in supervising their child’s digital experiences.

Furthermore, the potential for devices to replace face-to-face interactions and outdoor play poses concerns to children’s social and physical development. Striking a balance between screen time and real-world experiences becomes critical to fostering holistic growth.

Technology is here to stay and we need to find a way to use it effectively. Parenting in the age of screens needs a thoughtful and proactive approach.

5 tips to ensure a healthy digital upbringing for children

Technology as a Resource Tool:

By embracing technology as a tool for learning and connection while being mindful of its pitfalls, parents can navigate the digital landscape effectively. In our classrooms, we utilize iPads as resource tools, opening up a world of knowledge to young minds. For example, when learning about the solar system, we can access captivating videos that visually depict the planets, enabling us to teach complex concepts in an engaging and interactive manner.

Connecting with Experts and Resources:

Through technology, we have access to a wealth of experts and resources. Whether it’s watching a video about how to encourage speech in young children or learning about a different culture, we can bring diverse perspectives and experiences directly into our homes and classrooms. Technology enables us to expand our horizons and expose children to a vast array of knowledge and expertise.

Communication and Parent Involvement:

It is critical that parents supervise children’s online experiences. Parents must establish clear guidelines for screen time with age-appropriate content and foster an environment of open communication about the digital world. By maintaining open communication, we can eliminate the fear of technology and instead embrace its potential.

Research and Exploration:

Technology serves as a gateway to endless knowledge. When children have questions or curiosities, we can use technology to conduct research together. For instance, if we want to delve into the fascinating world of polar bears, we can easily access factual information, statistics, and even watch videos about their habitats and behaviors. This interactive approach instills a love for learning and nurtures children’s natural curiosity.

Creativity and Play:

Technology also has a role in fostering creativity and imaginative play. Technology brings music, art and drama into our lives in a unique way. Additionally, we can encourage children to explore their creativity by using technology to record and produce their own little videos or photos, allowing them to express themselves and share their experiences with others.

You can find more information about how to embrace Technology as a learning tool in the early years here: Learn To Play: The Four Pillars Learning System on Amazon.

For more information and early childhood tips, check out Susie’s YouTube channel at

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