I have been using Screen Time Parental Control to monitor my children’s usage of smartphones for several months. Tensions occurred several times, kids gone mad at me for what I did. We talked about it. We discussed. Sometimes we disagreed, but so far Alhamdulillah most of the time we managed to agree on certain shared decisions which also helping me to become their good and responsible daddy.
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It was a period of anxiety.
Some or my kids were doing well with the restriction but the others were not happy about it. When I was in my lecture, I received messages from them asking me why I blocked this and that, not being fair to them, and causing them difficulties.
As parents, I had the inclination to treat their complaints with belittlement. “I know what is good and what is not, you should just follow” kind of attitude sometimes got me. But I kept reminding myself that my original intention was to shape them. I cannot do this if I am harsh, plus ironically permissive. I have to remain gentle, but firm.
In my home country, I avoid giving my kids smart phones and constantly discussed with them to reduce peer pressure. After moving to Finland, I decided to give them smart phones believing that the way they’re using them can be shaped with proper discussion and supportive monitoring app. As a student of the learning sciences and technology, I am not blindly experimenting them with my kids, but what makes the difference is my own progress from a complete novice to an expert-to-be.
With knowledge, and meaningful education my kids currently experience, I think that learning to use technology for both education and entertainment can be nurtured.
This semester, we are using the Claned as our learning platform, specifically to test the collaborative learning features on it. In ‘Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)’ course, articles are shared on Claned, we can read and highlights the text, seen by other collaborators when switched on, commenting and many other features that make reading a journal article more interactive and engaging.