Do as iSay, not as iDo

Do as iSay, not as iDo ADELAIDE, SA, February 13, 2013 – Parents admit they can sometimes be poor role models for their children when it comes to technology and are now determined to kick bad habits. Parent Wellbeing director Jodie Benveniste said many parents now realise they need to place regulations on their own technology use, as well as their children’s. “Our kids aren’t always listening to us but they are watching us,’’ the psychologist and parenting author said. “Screens are a significant player in modern-day life and they are increasingly becoming a key battleground between parents and kids. When we are good technology role models for our kids, we are better placed to guide and teach our kids responsible technology use.’’ Parents, like Emma Peterson, have understood the importance of being a good role for their kids. “I finally had my mobile phone upgraded to a smartphone recently and I fell into the habit of quickly checking emails or Facebook whenever I had a chance,” Mrs Peterson said. “After a few weeks I realised I was grabbing my phone all the time to keep up to date with what was happening in cyber land, meanwhile missing out on what was actually happening right in front of me with my two girls. They might have been playing beautifully together, having cuddles or asking me a question which I briefly answered as I was in the middle of reading something on my phone.” Mrs Peterson said she had to set rules for herself. “I realised I had to manage my phone usage around my children and my husband. So...