Hot Topics     Home and Family     K-12    

Embracing tech in a healthful way



Tech can be a friend to a family, here’s how

Tech can be a friend to a family, here’s how


With the pandemic and the resuming of school this past September, tech is more omnipresent than ever. It’s a classic double-edged sword in that it enables all of us – both parents and kids – to do so much, but the costs of dependence are only becoming known, and, to many parents, feared.

With mind-blowing digital wizardry comes anxiety, especially if it concerns parenting. The modern day version of the feckless parent who leaves the kid to watch MTV or inappropriate cable is now a parent who, often unwillingly, allows children to become addicted to tech-as-babysitter. But fear not: the staff at Scholastic offers some helpful tips to make tech your friend, and it’s not all that hard. It just takes some diligence. And it can be fun.

Says Scholastic: “To teach safety and to benefit from technology's wealth of resources, you can use the same parenting skills that work in other areas of life – trusting your intuition, seeking out reliable support, and setting behavioral expectations. These are the main components to raising kids in the technological age. Whether you've just mastered the art of text messaging or you have yet to allow your kids to surf online, you can get plugged in.”

READ MORE: Making friends with technology (sort of)

They cite the popular “no devices at the dinner table” rule. Also, obviously, the “family eats together” rule. Also noted: establishing and keeping to boundaries and checking in and educating yourself about what your kids are learning and spending leisure time on, with devices you likely purchased.

Scholastic likens digital supervision to being as important as when you supervise your children to first learn to walk, to use the stove, or to ride a two-wheeler. How to accomplish that supervision? Tech tools, rating systems, and, if necessary, counseling are all available.

And “tackle tech together.” Scholastic suggests ideas like starting a family blog, hosting a video game tournament or making music mixes to which everyone contributes. Can tech actually bring a family together? With a little effort, yes.



Other articles by HVP News Reporters


  • View eagles in Mongaup

    Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area designated a Bird Conservation Area

    Mongaup was designated a Bird Conservation Area because of its unique combination of habitats important to bird species. read more »
  • Hike Smart & Be Prepared

    Safety tips for getting out in the winter months

    NYS DEC offers tips to keep you and your family safe while enjoying the outdoors this winter. read more »
  • Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Homeschool Naturalist Program

    Adventure Awaits Students Ages 6-9

    The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Homeschool Naturalist Program for children ages 6-9 has quickly become one of the Nature Museum’s most beloved programs. Originally created out of the needs of families undertaking distance/learning, the program has proved so popular it has remained in place by demand. read more »
  • 5 ways parents can get prepared for student loan repayments

    Tips to help you survive student loan payments

    If you’re a parent who took out a federal student loan for your child and you’ve been taking advantage of the payment freeze as part of the COVID-19 emergency relief, then things are about to change. Starting January 31, 2022, payments will resume and no further extensions are expected. read more »
  • STEAM learning toys for your little ones

    Young kids have fun while learning letters and numbers

    Edx Education teaches letters and numbers through hands-on play read more »
  • DCP offers tips to help New Yorkers stay safe and warm

    NYS Division of Consumer Protection warns New Yorkers of carbon monoxide and fire hazards during extreme cold weather

    The New York State Division of Consumer Protection today issued a consumer alert about the dangers of carbon monoxide and fire hazards in extreme cold weather. The winter months pose the most risk for these hazards—as the temperatures drop, consumers may turn to dangerous heating alternatives to stay warm. Propane heaters, generators, space heaters and/or outdoor grills all pose lethal risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards when used improperly. read more »
  • New gardening series with Newburgh Free Library

    Learn about herbs, microgreens, seeds, planning and planting

    Newburgh Free Library has a new gardening series starting with NUFFI, or Newburgh Urban Farm and Food, starting in February! read more »
  • Get up to 4 free at-home Covid-19 tests for your family

    The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-19 Tests

    The Biden Administration is Buying One Billion Tests to Give to Americans for Free; Online Ordering of a Half-Billion Tests Begins on January 19th; Builds on Significant Actions to Expand Testing Capacity and Increase Access to Free Testing read more »
  • New York’s Going Foam Free in 2022

    NYS is working to keep our environment safe

    In 2020, New York State adopted the nation's strongest statewide ban of expanded polystyrene, single-use foam food and beverage containers, and polystyrene loose fill packaging materials, commonly known as packing peanuts. read more »
  • Sherman Artists Open Studio – This Weekend!

    Painters, photographers, mixed media, jewelers, fused glass, and fabric artists will open their home studios

    This weekend is the very first Sherman Artists First Open Studio! Fifteen local Sherman artists are participating in the Sherman Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm. Painters, photographers, mixed media, jewelers, fused glass, and fabric artists will open their home studios or participate in pop-up studios read more »