Technology is everywhere you look. There’s no denying it’s changed the world, and many of the developments are for the better. Unfortunately, not everything associated with the internet and devices like smartphones and tablets is so helpful. There are all sorts of dangers, from child predators to pornographic images. In order to keep them safe, we have to talk to our grandchildren about technology.
Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” If you address internet safety early and often, your grandchildren are less likely to make poor decisions online.
Balancing Virtual and In-Person Interactions
The biggest key is finding a balance between time spent on and off electronic devices. They can be fun and also helpful, but they should be treated as a luxury. Encourage your grandchildren to only spend time on the internet after all their chores and obligations are complete. This habit will benefit them their entire lives.
You should also help them build relationships in-person. Our future generations need to be able to communicate beyond texts and emails in order to be successful. Many grandparents do this by putting away all devices during a family meal or get together.
Finally, you should give your grandchildren advice on safe internet etiquette. Make sure they know to never give out personal information or visit sites that include pornography or other harmful content.
A bit of diligence and guidance can go a long way in preparing your grandchildren for safe and reasonable internet use. Don’t be afraid to sit them down to talk and pray together.