Today’s kids are online A LOT and there isn’t really a way to change that. The world is moving online and learning to effectively communicate with each other in our new world is key to harmonious relationships.
Offline communication will always be important for parent child relationships, but using online forms of communication can be another way to foster a good relationship.
Using the GeoZilla app and Tracker allows parents to keep tabs on their children, but it also lets parents be a part of things they can’t be there for. Notice your child is at a friend’s house or an after school activity? Message them and ask how things are going and if they are having a good time.
Get notified by the app when your child arrives at school daily and use that as a chance to send a quick note to have a great day. Making this a daily occurance can help create a positive routine for you and your child.
Remind them you are always there
Being constantly connected provides parents an opportunity to always be there for their kids. Let your kids know that if they ever need you, you are simply a message or call away.
Sometimes things are easier to say in a text message or at least not in person so let them know that however they are comfortable telling you something important you are there to listen.
Think of online chats as a door
Online communication should be used as a way to open the door to further discussion. Perhaps your child is more comfortable sending you a message than confronting the issue in person. Or something is happening in the moment that just can’t wait. Use these online communications as the jumping off point to further discussion when needed and don’t rely only on messaging to communicate as a family.
In-person communication is always the best option as it allows you to read body language and physically be there to support the other person and further the conversation. But today’s busy world means we often can’t be there for each other in that way. Use current technology as a tool and a support for communication rather than a hindrance or replacement. Effective communication (online or in-person) takes practice and laying a positive foundation for open and honest discussion is the first step.