The Internet does not connect us. It can be a tool to connect us as much as the TV or the radio can. Unfortunately the predominant effect of the the always online world is that we become increasingly mediated and less connected. This is deadly for children. Parents are responsible for sustaining their connection to their children and to model to them what it takes to be connected.
More parents and kids are plugged in to electronic communication, gaming, and other digital entertainment than ever before. Increased distractions mean there is a greater need for parents to be reminded of how to stay connected with their kids. Bonnie Harris, an expert in early childhood education and director of Connective Parenting, has spent decades working with parents and kids to establish and strengthen family bonds. Here are her tips for parents to help them stay connected to their kids in today’s distraction-heavy society.