3 Tech Habits for Families to develop to keep everyone safer and saner online

Future Smart Parent

Apr 19 2023 • 28 mins

Today we’re talking about tech habits - specifically tech habits for families because I don’t know about you, but I find it incredibly difficult to break some of my own bad tech habits.  Yes, I'm also acutely aware of the saying that goes 'More is caught than taught' and so I'm acutely aware that I need to try a little harder!

For example, I know I sleep so much better when I read a physical book before going to bed, but too many nights I’m on my phone right before bed.

Even as parents we get sucked into our phones when we’re bored rather than finding something to do etc and then get frustrated with the time that we’ve wasted..

Saying all that, in today’s episode Kate, from our 'online safety and well-being' partners, Be in Touch, shares some tech habits that we can (and should) implement into our parenting strategies.

And to be honest these habits will help us adults too!

  1. No phones in bedrooms overnight. Charge phones in a communal space.
  2. No phones (for anyone) during meal times. Use this time rather to connect and catch up as a family.
  3. Check in and check up on your kids’ phones regularly. For their safety.

They seem like simple points, but being consistent and demonstrating these tech habits will be beneficial for everyone in the family. You’ll all sleep better, and us parents have the chance to really engage with our kids and understand them, while also creating boundaries that are meant to protect them from online dangers.

Connect with Kate from Be in Touch:

Be in Touch Resources

Family Tech Rules

Wheel of Life

Smartphone Contract

Parental Controls

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