Technology Parenting Tip: Is your child doing something online you are suspicious about? Do they close the laptop or chrome book lid when you come by? Are they quickly pecking on the keyboard or turning the screen away from you? You know what I am talking about. How you get that uneasy feeling of, there trying to hide something from me.
Catch Suspicious Children
I know our children are saints – right? Nevertheless, sometimes they do things that just “ain’t” right. Watching YouTube videos instead of doing homework. Far worse than that, visiting websites that they have no business ever visiting.
How do you catch them in the act?
Here is a technology parenting tip you can use – simple and easy. Just watch the video and read below the whopper of a story I have about my son.
Technology Parenting Tip
My son was BUSTED!
We have been going back and forth with my son for some time. We know he is smart and sometimes – he is too smart for his own good. He thinks that because he is smart that he does not need to study. He assumes that because teachers allow him to make up work that he can take his time (turn it in late).
Well, it happen. You know, the prediction, the prophesy dear old dad has been giving him all year long.
“You are going to keep playing games, taking chances and it is going to blow up in your face one day.”
I tried to explain to him that not all teachers are alike. If you play with fire you are going to get burned. That instead of trying to make up work and burning yourself out trying to study at the last minute – just do the work. Do the homework and projects on time – ahead of time. Study a little bit each day and the work becomes easy to manage. Oh but no. He was slick, and he was too smart for that. Then the house of cards came crashing down.
My Teachers Hate Me
The grades started dropping, the teachers started texting, using “remind me” to remind my wife – his mom, that he was failing. Yeah, the SH$T hit the fan. He was so far behind he didn’t realize how bad a hole he was in because he was still thinking he could just make it up somehow.
Of course, the excuse was that his teachers hated him. They were being too strict – a pain. They didn’t want to play his game and it was their fault that he was not getting good grades.
Are you mad son? You have gone crazy if you think I am going to believe that nonsense – is what I was thinking. But I was too tired to hear his excuses. The patient dad went out the window and the dad I warned him about came out. No cell phone, no xBox, no YouTube videos, no going to your friends house – no nothing. Pray that I don’t take food away from you as well.
What? No I’m just studying
So here is where my Technology Parenting Tip came to good use. He is sitting in the dining room table. Now he is supposed to be studying but I do not see any paper with notes – not even a pencil to take notes with. He has ear buds on and when he notices me he conveniently moves the screen away from my view and starts clicking on some keys. Yeah, not going to find that suspicious at all.
So I walk over and ask him what he is doing.
“Oh, I am taking a break from studying.” He says forgetting I was not born yesterday and I can read him like the back of my hand.
I peacefully grabbed the chrome book and I hit the three keys: Ctrl + Shift + T. No surprise to me, every time I hit the keys a tab opened up to YouTube. Granted it was videos about basketball but still – not studying. (* Worse thing my child can do to me is lie to my face.)
Do I look Dumb
So I told him “You do realize I am a tech guy.” He looked at me as if he was surprised. “I fix computers, I stay up to date on technology and here is a technology parenting tip – I know how to find out what you have been doing on your computer.”
His face filled with dread and gloom as it dawned on him – Busted. His sister from across the room yells out “You could have erased your history!” To which I reply – that would have not worked.
Parenting is a full time job and sometimes we as parents have to learn a few good technology parenting tips to keep us ahead of the curve. Because if we let them – our children will play games with us. My belief is, if my children fail, it is not because I failed them. It is because they failed themselves.