Technology Management Tips for Parents

Setting Limits:

Developing Time Management:

Take Advantage of Tech Breaks:

Research shows that knowing you have specific time set aside to check social networking sites actually helps students focus better, so Dr. Larry Rosen recommends 25 minutes of homework time, then 5 minutes of a tech break, then study again.

Family Agreements:

  • sign a contract between parents and children with clear and agreed consequences for breaking the agreement
  • laptops only in family areas, not in isolated areas like the bedrooms
  • encourage your child to meet their friends in person
  • encourage social time with the family on a fixed schedule
  • Common Sense Media: Family Agreement
  • Technology Family Contract


  • regular monitoring of comments made/received
  • checking the browser history regularly

Regular and open conversations with your child are always the best way to make these strategies successful.

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