Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Google in partnership with Forward Influence Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Technology is all around us, and no matter what, we can’t escape it anymore. So what do we do, instead? Embrace it. But how do we embrace it the correct way so that it does not become cumbersome in our lives.
As a mom to two kids, I am extremely aware of the fact that setting time aside or creating boundaries with technology is very important for not only their wellbeing but our entire family’s. Which is why I am so thrilled with Google’s new initiative — Digital Wellbeing! As technology has become an integral part of our lives, it has become even more important to have access to digital wellbeing tools and resources to help people find and maintain a balance that works for them.
What is Digital Wellbeing?
Google wants to encourage people to find their own happy medium when it comes to using technology. Be it through unplugging often, improving focus or reducing distractions, Google has tools that can help. Please visit wellbeing.google to learn more.
How to create healthy tech habits as a family?
We have been using Google’s Family Guide as a reference point and it has been immensely helpful. It helps parents with addressing challenging tech topics and how to create healthy tech habits not just for the kids, but as a whole family! You can also find portions of the Family Guide featured in a special section of The New York Times!
One of our favorite ways to find that healthy balance when it comes to technology is by looking for positive content. While I am all about unplugging at certain times throughout the day, I also encourage my kids to find positive content such as websites or apps that help them feel motivated or inspired.
Also, when it comes to technology, we try to focus on quality over quantity. So my kids get a limited amount of time – half an hour each day after school to watch something that inspires them in order to create and maintain those healthy habits.
And one of the fun things that has come out of this new routine of ours of focusing on the positive content is that, we make it a point now every day of the week to talk about something new that my kids have learned from their screen time. For example, my 5 year old is obsessed with the concept of universe and planets, so each day she discovers a fascinating fact about a new planet from her screen time and shares with the family during dinner time. This has turned into a very fun, engaging and creative exercise. And more than anything, it has contributed to more quality family time.
Overall, I am extremely impressed with Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative and with the help of tools such as the Family Guide and Family Link – we can continuously work towards maintaining a balanced relationship with technology. Because, it’s not going anywhere, so I am embracing it and I am glad that Google is my partner in this journey!