Monday, June 9, 2008

Technology Enables Helicopter Parenting

Helicopter parents have been beat up in the press quite a bit lately. I won’t pile on. However, this cautionary article from does make the point that all this wonderful technology we have in the home makes it much easier to micromanage your child’s life. They aren’t presenting that as a benefit either.

Just because you can log into the school extranet and check your child’s test score before he even gets home doesn’t mean you should. How are you going to foster and encourage open communication with your kids if you cut them out of the loop? Certainly there may be times when you need to take charge, but don’t jump the gun on that. Growing up under Orwellian surveillance from Mom and Dad can’t be healthy.

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