With nearly 90% of teens having a smartphone and being online these days it’s important for parents to find a way to connect with their teens using technology. Sure many parents may think connected with their teen using technology doesn’t teach them proper communication, but if there’s the right balance between using technology to connect with your teen in addition to face to face communication, it surely is worth a try.
Here are 5 ways to connect with your teen using technology:
- Learn the Lingo – these days there are abbreviations known as acronyms for everything. BRB for example means “be right back” while MOS means “mom over shoulder”. Learn the lingo so you know what your teen is discussing with others and so that you can communicate with them intelligently through technology.
- Get on Social Media – if your teen has a social media account on Facebook then so should you. While you won’t want to be that parent who clicks like or comments on every update their teen makes, it’s important to interact with them and keep a watchful eye on their social media habits. When you get on social media your teen will see you a bit cooler and you both will have a common interest to discuss.
- Discuss Boundaries Early On – nothing will set a teen off more than having a surprise rule dropped on their plate. Discuss boundaries you have for technology usage prior to them being able to have free reign of these devices. When your teen has clear boundaries set forth ahead of time, with proper consequences set forth they will respect you more for being upfront.
- Play Online Games – if your teen is into a particular online game that allows for you to connect on your device, try getting involved in the game. Find a love of the games your teenager loves and you will surely connect with them through competitive online play. While you may think a teen no longer needs their parent to play games with them, they really do and putting an interest in their online games will help connect you two.
- Let your Teen Teach You – take a moment each day to have your teen teach you something new on technology. This will serve to boost their confidence because they will see that you have an interest in something that they enjoy but need their help to figure it out. Try buying a new tablet, and let your teen show you all of the features this new tablet offers.
While some of these tips on how to connect with you teen using technology falls within the parent rulebook of being this child’s parent, some of these ideas will actually help you to bond with your teen. There are many ways you can use technology to connect with your teen, simply learn what intrigues them most about technology and use that to your parental advantage to connect with them.
About the Author: Brandy Ellen is a Positive Lifestyle Blogger born and raised in New Hampshire, USA. Brandy is a successful work from home mom of three who enjoys inspiring others to live life fully.
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